Delhi Daredevils await BCCI's instructions in Mohammed Shami's case
Fresh trouble is brewing for Mohammed Shami. Delhi Daredevils' management is set to meet the BCCI top brass to discuss about Shami's participation in the upcoming edition of IPL. His career has taken a hit after his wife Hasin Jahan filed a police complaint against him, accusing him of domestic violence and infidelity. Post these allegations, Shami was not even offered BCCI's annual contract.
The BCCI withheld Shami's annual contract after the Indian cricketer was booked under several sections of the IPC. After his wife's complaint, Kolkata Police has booked Shami under 'attempt to murder', 'rape', 'assault' and 'criminal intimidation'. Given the seriousness of these sections, the management of Delhi Daredevils is now unsure of what needs to be done.
The police will start an inquiry into the allegations made by Shami's wife, but the Delhi Daredevils are now waiting for the BCCI's legal opinion on whether the Indian speedster can join their camp for the upcoming season of the IPL. The camp is scheduled to start at the end of this month.
"Daredevils management can't take any unilateral decision in this matter. All players who play in the IPL have a tri-partite contract...There is a clause about any player bringing disrepute but it is for the lawyers to interpret it," a senior BCCI official said.
The BCCI's top brass is likely to discuss Shami's issue on the sidelines of the Captains' Conclave in Mumbai. They feel that the CoA could have waited for the charges to be proven before withholding Shami's annual contract. But with CoA taking a strong stance, the days ahead are looking difficult for the Indian speedster.
"In these sensitive times, when people are raising their voice against domestic abuse and violence, unless Shami comes out clean, the franchise's image will also take a beating. If Delhi Daredevils are worried, they certainly have reasons to do so." the BCCI official concluded.