Senior Journalist Boria Majumdar has been banned for two years by the Indian Cricket Board for sending 'threatening and intimidating messages to Wriddhiman Saha. All state boards were sent a letter regarding the same by the board's interim president Hemang Amin.
The decision was made after the findings of the three-member committee, consisting of vice-president Rajeev Shukla, treasurer Arun Dhumal, and councilor Prabhtej Singh Bhatia, formed by BCCI to investigate Wriddhiman Saha's claims. Saha had claimed that he was bullied by a journalist after refusing to agree to an interview. Notably, he did not reveal the name of the journalist at first.
Before proposing the two-year suspension to the board's Apex Council, the three-member committee heard from both Saha and Majumdar. "Mr. Majumdar were indeed in nature of threat and intimidation," said the three-member committee to BCCI Apex Council.
The two-year ban prohibits Majumdar from:
- Accreditation as a member of the press in any of the cricket matches (domestic and international) in India.
- Getting any interviews with any centrally contracted players in India.
- Access to any of the BCCI and members association-owned cricket facilities.
It all started when Saha shared a screenshot on social media days after being left out of the Indian Test team for the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka. The journalist told Saha in a one-sided message exchange that he was offended by the wicketkeeper's no response, adding that he doesn't take insults well.'
"After all of my contributions to Indian cricket..this is what I face from a so called “Respected” journalist! This is where the journalism has gone," read the caption of Saha's tweet.
Earlier, Majumdar told The Indian Express that he would file a defamation case against Saha. He said that Saha had manipulated the screenshots. "I’m filing a defamation case on Wriddhiman Saha. He has doctored, tampered and manipulated screenshots. Earlier today, I have sent the BCCI all the details and I have emailed everybody in the BCCI the entire sequence of events. I have also tweeted my side of the story," he had said.