BCCI bans Boria Majumdar after Wriddhiman Saha interview controversy

BCCI banned Boria Majumdar for two years for "Threating Wriddhiman Saha": passes on the decision to all state boards

On Wednesday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took severe action against the senior sports journalist Boria Majumdar after finding him guilty of "intimidating and threatening" Indian Test wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha. As a result, the BCCI has banned Majumdar for a period of two years from any type of cricketing activity.

A three-member committee of treasurer Arun Dhumal, BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla and Apex Council member Prabhtej Singh Bhatia was formed for the further investigation. And after investing in the whole scenario and considering both parties, the committee found the 16-year-old guilty, and on Wednesday, the Indian cricket board officially announced the ban through a letter.

Hemang Amin, the IPL's COO and CEO, quoted the entire scenario to the BCCI in his letter. It says that on Twitter, the Test wicket-keeper batsman shared a screenshot of the messages he got from the journalist, trying to bully him in order to get an interview with him. The letter also confirmed that Saha revealed the name and that it was Boria Majumdar who tried to threaten him.

The 46-year-old will be banned from taking any kinds of interviews and will not be able to participate in any cricket-related activities. Adding more to that, he will not be allowed to enter any cricket stadiums (domestic or international). The letter further quoted, "The BCCI 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."

It actually started when Wriddhiman Saha was dropped from the Indian Test side against Sri Lanka in February. He was approached by Majumdar for an interview, but afterward, he forced and threatened Saha to not reacting to it. The wicket-keeper batsman took to Twitter and shared a screenshot of the messages he got, mentioning "so called Respected" journalist."

The likes of Virender Sehwag, Irfan Pathan, RP Singh, Ravi Shastri, and Harbhajan Singh, many ex-cricketers and cricket pundits, came out in support of the wicket-keeper batsman and urged him to take his stand against the journalist. Later, the Indian cricket board decided to make a three-member committe to investigate the whole case.

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