INDIA: The controversy between journalist Boria Majumdar and batsman Wriddhiman Saha has worsened, with the BCCI deciding to suspend the journalist for two years. The case against Majumdar follows charges made by Indian wicketkeeper Narain Saha, who claimed that Majumdar threatened and intimidated him.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India decided to ban Majumdar after forming a three-person committee that included vice-president Rajiv Shukla, treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal, and Apex Council member Prabhtej Singh Bhatia (BCCI).
“We will inform the Indian cricket board’s state divisions that he would not be permitted to enter stadiums. We will not provide him media accreditation for home matches, and we will also write to the ICC to have him blacklisted. Players would be warned to avoid interacting with him.” According to an Indian Express article, a top BCCI official was previously mentioned.
On February 19, Saha shared a screenshot of the exchange on Twitter, writing, “This is what I get from a so-called “Respected” journalist after all of my services to Indian cricket! This is the state of journalism today.”
“You did not call,” said one of the messages in the chat. “I’m not going to interview you again. Insults don’t sit well with me. And I’ll keep this in mind.” According to the report, Saha eventually recognized Majumdar as the journalist in question when he appeared before the committee.
Majumdar eventually identified himself through a video posted on Twitter, claiming that he would file a lawsuit against Saha.
Saha named Majumdar at his deposition before the committee and claimed he was “bullied” for an interview.
According to the report, Majumdar accused the cricketer of “doctoring” screenshots of WhatsApp communications he had uploaded on Twitter and later shared with the committee.
Former India opener Virender Sehwag offered his support to Saha and urged him to name Majumdar, who had not been named till then when Saha’s tweet went viral.