The BCCI has banned journalist Boria Majumdar for two years for intimidating cricketer Wriddhiman Saha. The decision was taken at the Board’s apex council meeting a couple of weeks ago.
On Tuesday, the BCCI interim CEO Hemang Amin wrote to the state associations stating Majumdar will be banned for two years from getting accreditation for any domestic or international matches.
He will also be banned from getting interviews with international or domestic players for two years and won’t be allowed inside any state association or BCCI facilities.
On February 19, hours after he was left out of the Indian team for the home series against Sri Lanka, Saha put out screenshots on Twitter alleging that a ‘respected’ journalist was intimidating him to grant an interview.
That took the cricketing fraternity by storm with several former cricketers like Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Venkatesh Prasad, Irfan Pathan backing Saha, and requesting him to reveal the identity of the scribe.
However, Saha later put out a tweet saying he wouldn’t reveal the name as he does not want to harm the journalist’s career. Saha being a centrally contracted cricketer, the BCCI constituted a three-member committee in February to investigate the matter.
The three member panel – comprising BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla, treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal and apex council member Prabhtej Singh Bhatia – spoke to Saha and the journalist before submitting its report to the apex council for further deliberation.
A sports historian, Majumdar was previously associated with a national television network and now runs his own channel on YouTube.