In the latest developments, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday slapped a two-year ban on sports journalist Boria Majumdar after he was found guilty of intimidating and threatening wicketkeeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha.
Notably, Saha, who is a centrally-contracted player, had shared a screenshot of messages on February 23, which showed a journalist threatening him for an interview. The apex governing body had then formed a three-member committee comprising vice-president Rajeev Shukla, treasurer Arun Dhumal and Apex Council member Prabhtej Bhatia to probe Saha’s accusation.
“As you may be aware, Mr. Wriddhiman Saha had shared screenshots of messages sent by a journalist on social media platform, Twitter, wherein he stated that he felt bullied by the conduct of the said journalist. Mr. Saha in the hearing named Mr. Boria Majumdar as the journalist. The Board of Control for Cricket in India had taken cognizance of this incident and deemed it necessary to investigate and probe the matter to avoid the recurrence of such instances with other players,” read the copy of the letter the BCCI has sent to its members as quoted by Zee News.
“The BCCI Committee considered the submissions by both Mr. Saha and Mr. Majumdar and concluded that the actions by Mr. Majumdar were indeed in the nature of threat and intimidation. The BCCI Committee recommended the following sanctions to the Apex Council of BCCI:
- – 2 (two) year ban on getting any accreditation as a member of the press in any of the cricket matches (domestic and international) in India;
- – 2 (two) year ban on getting any interview with any registered players in India; and
- – 2 (two) year ban on access to any of BCCI and members associations owned cricket facilities.