The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the governing body in cricket, to probe into the alleged financial dealings by Indian pacer Mohammad Shami with his contacts in Pakistan.
Shami is currently undergoing investigations by the Kolkata Police after his wife Hasin Jahan accused him and his family of domestic violence, attempt to murder, and extra-marital affairs, but the pacer has brushed aside all the allegations made by his wife.
Jahan also released an alleged phone conversation of the pacer in which he rejected the accusations but claimed that he had met a woman named Alisba in Dubai, who was supposed to give him a certain sum of money sent by UK’s Mohammed Bhai.
Following the whole controversy, the cricket governing board BCCI decided to leave out Shami from its list of contracted players, thus ending Shami’s contract.
The CoA, in a letter to the head of BCCI’s anti-corruption unit, Neeraj Kumar, wrote, “The Committee of Administrators is concerned only with such portion of the said audio recording in which the person who it is claimed is Md. Shami is heard saying another person by the name of 'Mohammad Bhai' had sent money to Md. Shami through a Pakistani lady by the name of 'Alisba'.”
“Please investigate the above assertions/allegations under the BCCI Anti-Corruption Code and submit a report to the Committee of Administrators with your findings as to whether there is any basis to proceed further in terms thereof. The investigation should cover (i) the identity and antecedents of "Mohammad Bhai" and "Alisba"; (ii) whether any money was in fact sent by the said Mohammad Bhai through the said Alisba to Md. Shami; and (iii) if yes, the purpose for which the said money was received by Md. Shami,” the letter added, thus ordering the BCCI to conduct a probe into the complete situation.