The Board of Control for Cricket in India has banned journalist Boria Majumdar for 2 years over ‘threatening and intimidating’ messages to India wicketkeeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha. The BCCI informed all the state units about the ban in an internal letter addressed by interim CEO Hemang Amin.
The decision was taken after the Indian cricket board formed a 3-member committee, which included vice-president Rajeev Shukla, treasurer Arun Dhumal, and councilor Prabhtej Singh Bhatia, to investigate the allegations of Wriddhiman Saha who had claimed that he was bullied by a journalist after he refused to agree to an interview. Notably, the 3-member committee heard from both Saha and Boria Majumdar before recommending the 2-year ban to the BCCI Apex Council.
The 3-member committee concluded that the actions by “Mr. Majumdar were indeed in nature of threat and intimidation” after hearing from both the parties. The BCCI Apex Council agreed with the recommendation of the 3-member committee.
According to the internal letter, the following sanctions have been imposed on Boria Majumdar:
- A 2-year ban on getting any accreditation as a member of the press in any of the cricket matches (domestic and international) in India.
- A 2-year ban on getting any interview with any registered players in India.
- A 2-year ban on access to any of the BCCI and members association-owned cricket facilities.
The BCCI urged the state units to ensure compliance with the sanctions on the journalist.
Notably, Saha had not revealed the name of the journalist when he shared screenshots of messages of threat from him in February. Saha had alleged that the journalist took an aggressive tone after his refusal to grant him an interview. “After all of my contributions to Indian cricket..this is what I face from a so-called ‘Respected’ journalist! This is where the journalism has gone,” Saha had tweeted.
After all of my contributions to Indian cricket..this is what I face from a so called “Respected” journalist! This is where the journalism has gone. pic.twitter.com/woVyq1sOZX
— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) February 19, 2022
In a one-sided exchange of messages, the journalist was seen telling Saha that he was hurt by the wicketkeeper not responding to his calls and that he doesn’t take insults kindly.
Saha shared the screengrabs of the messages.
It all began when Saha posted the screengrabs on social media days after he was dropped from the Test team for a 2-Test series against Sri Lanka before the start of IPL 2022.
Saha, in a chat with the Press Trust of India, said on Saturday that he was told by head coach Rahul Dravid that the selectors and the team management were willing to look beyond the senior wicketkeeper.
Speaking after the squads for the Sri Lanka series were announced, chief selector Chetan Sharma said he can’t go into the details of why the Bengal wicketkeeper was not picked for the Sri Lanka Tests.