Boria Majumdar, a journalist, was given a two-year suspension by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday for threatening wicketkeeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha. On February 23, Saha, a centrally contracted player, tweeted a snapshot of communications in which an anonymous journalist, who happened to be Majumdar, threatened him for an interview. In his defense, the journalist alleged that Saha had ‘doctored’ the WhatsApp screenshots of their discussions before releasing them online. “BCCI issued an order to ban journalist Boria Majumdar for two years for intimidating cricketer Wriddhiman Saha,” ANI tweeted.  To investigate Saha’s allegations, the cricket governing body created a three-person panel consisting of vice-president Rajeev Shukla, treasurer Arun Dhumal, and Apex Council member Prabhtej Bhatia. Last month, both sides went before the BCCI Apex Committee and offered their stories.

The two year ban against Majumdar include:

– Banned from getting accreditation as a member of the press in any match (domestic or international) in India

– Banned from getting any interviews with registered players in India

– Banned from access to any of the BCCI or member association-owned cricket facilities.

Source: Hindustan Times