Infidelity claim puts India bowler Mohammad Shami’s India contract on hold

India’s cricket board has declined to renew fast bowler Mohammad Shami’s contract pending an investigation into “unsavory” allegations. (AFP)
Updated 08 March 2018
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Infidelity claim puts India bowler Mohammad Shami’s India contract on hold

NEW DELHI: India’s cricket board has declined to renew fast bowler Mohammad Shami’s contract pending an investigation into “unsavory” allegations that he has been unfaithful to his wife.
Shami, who represented India during the tour of South Africa in January, has dismissed the accusations of infidelity as “part of a big conspiracy” to defame him.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) dropped Shami from a list of contracted players unveiled this week, which saw skipper Virat Kohli and other top Test players awarded salaries just above $1 million.
A supervisory committee overseeing BCCI affairs said the allegations against Shami put them in a difficult position and that his contract was on hold pending review.
“We are in a bit of Catch 22,” Vinod Rai, chairman of the committee, told cricket website ESPNcricinfo.
“Ordinarily you would distinguish and say that is a personal issue and the contract is a professional issue.
“But someone could easily point out and say this allegation is an unsavory one and you are still rewarding him.”
A source from the BCCI confirmed the board’s position when contacted by AFP.
Shami’s wife Hasin Jahan, a former model, went public on Tuesday with a series of messages that Shami, 27, allegedly sent to women during their four-year marriage.
She also accused the cricketer, whom she married in 2014, of domestic violence.
The story caused quite a stir on Indian social media, and media in the country reported that Jahan went to the police in Kolkata but did not file an official report against her husband.
Shami vented his frustration at his wife’s accusations and sought to clear his record.
“What is being said about my personal life is completely false,” he wrote on Twitter.
“It’s definitely a part of a big conspiracy against me. This is just an attempt to defame me.”
The board elevated Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah to a new “A+” category for the highest salaried players.
Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin were placed in the next grouping and will receive an annual salary of $777,000.


Al-Ain coach praises side's fighting spirit and backs them for more FIFA Club World Cup glory

Updated 13 December 2018
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Al-Ain coach praises side's fighting spirit and backs them for more FIFA Club World Cup glory

LONDON: Zoran Mamic praised his Al-Ain players’ grit and determination after they came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat Team Wellington on penalties in the FIFA World Club Cup.
Playing at home “The Boss” looked anything but menacing, as the amateurs from New Zealand took a shock three-goal lead after 44 minutes. But strikes from Tsukasa Shiotani and Tongo Doumbia gave the hosts hope. Then substitute Marcus Berg came off the bench to grab the equalizer with just five minutes to go to set up extra-time. Two tired teams were unable to force a winner in the extra 30 minutes and Al-Ain held their nerve to win the shootout 4-3.
Mamic’s men were supposed to brush past the Kiwis, but the Al-Ain coach said the manner of the win could stand them in good stead going into the quarterfinals and possibly beyond.
“I am so proud of my players and their determination and fighting spirit that led them to achieve the desired goal and qualify for the quarterfinal stage when they were able to beat the visiting team, New Zealand’s Team Wellington,” Zoran said.
“We missed the factors of concentration and confidence in certain parts of the match, giving the opponent the chance to take the lead by three clean goals. However, Shiotani’s goal in the last minutes of the first half gave us the push and the power to return to the match and the team’s reaction was up to expectations.”
The home side now face Tunisian side Esperance Sportive de Tunis at their Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium tomorrow, knowing they will have to play much better to stand a chance of playing Real Madrid in the last-four.
Esperance are making their first appearance at the tournament since 2011 and are all too aware that Al-Ain will pose a big threat to their dream of facing the Spanish giants.
“Without a doubt Al-Ain will have a lot of supporters in the stands and that will give them a boost … it will be a tough match.”
For Team Wellington it was a case of what might have been. While they were gutted to let slip the three-goal advantage Aaron Clapham said he and his teammates could hold their heads up high.
“It’s a mixture of disappointment and pride,” the midfielder said. “I’m really proud of the team – everyone involved. It’s heart-breaking to lose on penalties. But we’re really proud of the way we played.”