The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has banned journalist Boria Majumdar for two years for “threatening and intimidating” Indian goalkeeper Wriddhiman Saha. ALSO READ: Name of Journalist who threatened Wriddhiman Saha
The council formed a three-member committee, consisting of BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla, Treasurer Arun Dhumal and Councillor Prabhtej Singh Bhatia, to consider the issue and finalize sanctions.
An e-mail from board member Hemang Amin said that “the BCCI Committee considered the submissions of Mr. Saha and Mr. Majumdar and concluded that Mr. Majumdar’s actions were indeed threatening and intimidating.”
The decision came after the Indian Cricket Council formed a three-member committee consisting of Vice President Rajiv Shukla, Treasurer Arun Dhumal and Councilor Prabhtej Singh Bhatia to investigate the allegations of Wriddhiman Saha, who claimed he was a bull. journalist after he refused to agree to an interview. It is noteworthy that the 3-member committee heard both Saha and Boria Majumdar before recommending a 2-year ban on the BCCI Apex Council.
The 3-member committee concluded that “Mr. Majumdar’s actions were indeed threatening and intimidating” after hearing both sides. The Apex BCCI Council agreed with the recommendation of the 3-member committee.
- 2-year ban on getting any accreditation as a member of the press in any of the cricket matches (domestic and international) in India;
- 2-year ban on getting any interview with any registered players in India; and
- 2-year ban on access to any of BCCI and members associations owned cricket facilities.
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.
In this regard, BCCI formed a committee comprising Mr. Rajeev Shukla, Vice President, BCCI, Mr. Arun Singh Dhumal, Treasurer, BCCI and Mr. Prabhtej Singh Bhatia, Councillor, BCCI (“BCCI Committee”). The key issues for deliberation for the BCCI Committee in the matter was to ascertain if the messages sent by the journalist were in the nature of threat and intimidation.
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. The Apex Council of BCCI agreed with the recommendations of the BCCI Committee and imposed the following sanctions:
- Two year ban on getting any accreditation as a member of the press in any of the cricket matches (domestic and international) in India;
- Two year ban on getting any interview with any registered players in India; and
- Two year ban on access to any of BCCI and members associations owned cricket facilities.
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