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With the Indian Premier League (IPL) set to get underway in less than a month, the Delhi Daredevils will be keeping a close eye on the controversy surrounding India pace bowler Mohammed Shami.
Shami, who was purchased by the Daredevils for INR 3 crores after they used their right-to-match card on him, has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons as his wife, Hasin Jahan, claimed that he abused her and had extramarital affairs with numerous women.
Jahan also claimed that Shami had tried to commit suicide while in a prior relationship.
With the BCCI having withheld his central contract, the Daredevils are in discussions with the board about whether they should allow Shami to join their training camp, which begins at the end of the month.
“Look Daredevils management can’t take any unilateral decision in this matter,” a senior Daredevils official told PTI as quoted by the New Indian Express. “All players who play in the IPL have a tri-partite contract involving the franchise, BCCI and the player.
“Yes, we are well aware about the sensitive situation and we are having discussions with top BCCI officials.
“There is a clause about any player bringing disrepute but it is for the lawyers to interpret it.”
A senior BCCI official added that the Daredevils will have to tread carefully given the severity of the allegations against Shami. The official also said that any slip-up could tarnish the franchise’s image.
“In these sensitive times, when people are raising their voice against domestic abuse and violence, unless Shami comes out clean, the franchise’s image will also take a beating,” the official said. “If Delhi Daredevils are worried, they certainly have reasons to do so.
“They have created a brand and would be protective about that.”