first_imgIndian fast bowler Mohammed Shami’s cricket career hangs in the balance facing a Kolkata police FIR and corruption investigations by BCCI’s Anti-Corruption United (ACU) following an ugly dispute with his wife Hasin Jahan and charges levelled against him.But not everyone inside the BCCI is convinced they should have gone into a private enquiry on the basis of an audio recording while the police investigations are still on.At an IPL Governing council meeting in Mumbai on Friday, a BCCI official questioned the Committee of Administrators’ (CoA) decision to withhold Shami’s central contract and leave his Indian Premier League future in doubt while England all-rounder Ben Stokes, facing affray charges back home, was being allowed to play.Mohammed Shami meets BCCI’s Anti-Corruption unitThe star all-rounder has pleaded not guilty before a Bristol Magistrate Court over charges of affray following an incident of alleged street brawl in September last year.Mohammed Shami-Hasin Jahan controversy: A timeline of events”How can the BCCI justify allowing Ben Stokes to play the IPL despite the charges while Shami’s contract is withheld?,” an official spoke during the meet.Stokes is currently with the English touring party in New Zealand and the ECB will only investigate the matter once the legal trial concludes.The BCCI’s defence was that Stokes’ issue was a seperate one and even in Shami’s case they were only investigating if he is guilty of any cricketing corruption.Shami says all hopes of re-uniting with wife Hasin Jahan are overAs Shami waits to know if he will get to earn his Rs 3 crore pay-check from Delhi Daredevils this year, Stokes who bagged a whopping Rs 12.5 crore from Rajasthan Royals at the auction, will play in the IPL this season.advertisementAnother BCCI oficial also opined in the meeting that “CoA acted in haste and against precedent”.He cited the example of former India cricketer Navjot Sidhu of how the then BCCI did not interfere with his cricket’, when faced with charge of culpible homicide not amounting to murder, over an alleged road rage incident in the late eighties.Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, also part of the IPL Governing council, has gone on record calling the Shami issue “a personal dispute that has nothing to do with his cricket”.last_img

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