Infidelity claim puts Shami’s contract on hold

AFP  | Updated at 11:07pm on March 08, 2018


Mohammad Shami

India’s cricket board has declined to renew fast bowler Mohammad Shami’s contract pending an investigation into ‘unsavoury’ allegations that he cheated on his wife. Shami, who represented India during the tour of South Africa in January, has dismissed the accusations of infidelity as ‘part of a big conspiracy’ to defame him. The Board of Control for Cricket in India dropped Shami from a list of contracted players unveiled Wednesday, which saw skipper Virat Kohli and other top Test players awarded salaries just above $1 million. A supervisory committee overseeing BCCI affairs said the allegations against Shami put them in a difficult position and that his contract was on hold pending review. ‘We are in a bit of Catch 22,’ Vinod Rai, chairman of the committee, told cricket website ESPNcricinfo. ‘Ordinarily you would distinguish and say that is a personal issue and the contract is a professional issue. ‘But someone could easily point out and say this allegation is an unsavoury one and you are still rewarding him.’