India seamer Mohammed Shami has been cleared of match-fixing charges by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). This was after ACU Chief Neeraj Kumar submitted his confidential report to the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA). Based on the details of the report, the CoA has stated that no further actions under the BCCI anti-corruption code are warranted in the matter. The BCCI will also offer a Grade ‘B’ annual retainership contract to the fast bowler which will see him pocket a sum of 3 crores as his annual retainer fee. Shami can be part of Delhi Daredevils team in forthcoming IPL season.
This development comes as a major relief for Shami who has been accused by his wife, Hasin Jahan of taking money from a Pakistani woman and subsequently being involved in match-fixing. Jahan had also accused Shami of domestic violence and lodged a police complaint against him. Shami had refuted all the allegations leveled against him.
In a statement released to the media, the COA stated, “The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) had requested Mr Neeraj Kumar, former Police Commissioner of Delhi and Head of BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit, to investigate the allegations against Mohd. Shami in so far as they pertain to the provisions of the BCCI Anti-Corruption Code. Mr Neeraj Kumar has submitted his confidential report to the CoA. Based on the conclusions in the said report, the CoA is of the view that no further actions/proceedings under the BCCI anti-corruption code are warranted in the matter.”
“For this reason, the BCCI shall proceed with offering a Grade ‘B’ annual retainership contract to Mohd. Shami,” it further added.
Earlier, on March 7, Hasin Jahan took to social media alleging that Shami was involved in extra-marital affairs. Later she went on to claim that Shami also had relations with Pakistani women and accused him of taking money from them and being involved in match-fixing. As a result, the BCCI excluded Shami’s name from the list of player contracts. The COA had then given a seven-day deadline to ACU to submit the report on the issue. Throughout the entire saga, Mohammad Shami claimed innocence.