Journalist Boria Majumdar has been banned by the Board of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI) for 2 years over ‘threatening and intimidating’ messages to India wicketkeeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha. All the state units of BCCI were informed about the same by the apex cricket body about the ban in an internal letter addressed by interim CEO Hemang Amin.
The BCCI, to investigate the allegations of Wriddhiman Saha, had formed a 3-member committee, which included vice-president Rajeev Shukla, treasurer Arun Dhumal, and councilor Prabhtej Singh Bhatia. The decision to ban the journalist was taken by the same committee. Saha had claimed that he was bullied by a journalist after he refused to agree to an interview. The 2-year ban to the BCCI Apex Council was recommended by the committee after it heard from both Saha and Boria Majumdar.
The actions by Mr Majumdar, according to the 3-member committee’s conclusion, “were indeed in nature of threat and intimidation” after hearing from both the parties. The BCCI Apex Council agreed with the recommendation of the 3-member committee.”
The details of the ban imposed, as per the internal letter, are as follows:
- A 2-year ban on getting any accreditation as a member of the press in any of the cricket matches (domestic and international) in India.
- A 2-year ban on getting any interview with any registered players in India.
- A 2-year ban on access to any of the BCCI and members association-owned cricket facilities.
The BCCI urged the state units to ensure compliance with the sanctions on the journalist, India Today reported.