The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to reprimand senior journlist Boria Majumdar on the Wriddhiman Saha case. Apparently Boria had threatened the senior India wicket-keeper batter for not giving an interview a couple of months back.
Earlier this year, Saha had put out a screenshot of a WhatsApp chat where a journalist was seen threatening him of repercussions for not adhering to an interview. Although the Bengal wicket-keeper didn’t reveal the name of the journalist in public but he told the BCCI the details of the incident.
The Sourav Ganguly-led office bearers met on Saturday where it has been decided to ban Boria Majumdar for two year, a report in Indian Express stated. The apex body in a mail to all state associations and players will be asked not to engage with him.
“We will be informing all state units of the Indian cricket board to not allow him inside stadiums. He won’t be given media accreditation for home matches and we will also be writing to ICC to blacklist him. Players will be asked not to engage with him,” a top BCCI official told on condition of anonymity.
Following his revelation, Wriddhiman Saha received widespread support from the cricketing fraternity. Former India head coach Ravi Shastri also urged the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly to take special interest in this to safeguard the players.
Taking cognizance of the social media post, the BCCI formed a committee comprising vice-president Rajeev Shukla, treasurer Arun Dhumal and apex council member Prabhtej Bhatia to probe Saha’s allegation. While deposing before the committee, Wriddhiman Saha identified Majumdar and alleged that he was “bullied” for an interview.
Boria Majumdar serves Wriddhiman Saha legal notice on charges of defamation
While the entire fraternity turned up against the journalist after Saha shared the screenshots of the chats, Boria Majumdar had threatened to serve a legal notice on charges of defamation. In a video shared on social media, Boria claimed that the WhatsApp chat that Saha had put out was a doctored version of an exchange between the two.
“There are always two sides to a story. @Wriddhipops has doctored, tampered screenshots of my WhatsApp chats which have damaged my reputation and credibility. I have requested the @BCCI for a fair hearing. My lawyers are serving @Wriddhipops a defamation notice. Let truth prevail,” the journalist tweeted.
There are always two sides to a story. @Wriddhipops has doctored, tampered screenshots of my WhatsApp chats which have damaged my reputation and credibility. I have requested the @BCCI for a fair hearing. My lawyers are serving @Wriddhipops a defamation notice. Let truth prevail. pic.twitter.com/XBsiFVpskl
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) March 5, 2022
Meanwhile, this is a welcome step for the BCCI to safeguard the player’s interest and assure them of safe environment without any intimation for the senior journalists.