New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday issued an order to ban journalist Boria Majumdar for two years for allegedly intimidating cricketer Wriddhiman Saha.

A BCCI Committee comprising Rajeev Shukla, Vice-President, BCCI, Arun Singh Dhumal, Treasurer, BCCI, Prabhtej Singh Bhatia, Councillor, BCCI has imposed on the journalist a two-year ban on - Getting any accreditation as a member of the press in any of the cricket matches (domestic and international) in India, getting any interview with any registered players in India, and accessing any of BCCI and members associations owned cricket facilities.

"As you may be aware, Wriddhiman Saha had shared screenshots of messages sent by a journalist on the social media platform, Twitter, wherein he stated that he felt bullied by the conduct of the said journalist. Saha in the hearing named Boria Majumdar as the journalist. The Board of Control for Cricket in India had taken cognizance of this incident and deemed it necessary to investigate and probe the matter to avoid the recurrence of such instances with other players," reads a letter from BCCI.

In this regard, BCCI formed a committee comprising Rajeev Shukla, Vice President, BCCI, Arun Singh Dhumal, Treasurer, BCCI and Prabhtej Singh Bhatia, Councillor, BCCI ("BCCI Committee").

"The key issue for deliberation for the BCCI Committee in the matter was to ascertain if the messages sent by the journalist were in the nature of threat and intimidation. The BCCI Committee considered the submissions by both Saha and Majumdar and concluded that the actions by Majumdar were indeed in the nature of threat and intimidation," the letter added.

Saha had alleged that he was intimidated by Majumdar for not giving an interview. The wicketkeeper-batsman had revealed all the details to a BCCI committee probing the matter. BCCI had formed a three-member committee in March to probe into the 37-year-old's allegations against Majumdar.

"I have told the committee everything I know. I have shared all the details with them. I can't tell you much right now. BCCI has asked me not to talk about the meeting outside as they will answer all your queries," Saha had said after meeting the BCCI committee.

Journalist Boria Majumdar banned for 2 years: What does it mean?

The BCCI Committee recommended the following sanctions to the Apex Council of BCCI. The Apex Council of BCCI agreed with the recommendations of the BCCI Committee and imposed the following sanctions:

1). Two-year ban on getting any accreditation as a member of the press in any of the cricket matches (domestic and international) in India.

2). Two-year ban on getting any interview with any registered players in India.

3). Two-year ban on access to any of BCCI and members associations owned cricket facilities.

Wriddhiman Saha vs Boria Majumdar: The controversy

A centrally-contracted player, Saha had posted a series of tweets on February 23 to make the charge, following which the BCCI initiated a probe into the matter.

It all began after the 37-year-old was ignored for the ongoing Sri Lanka series. Saha, in an outburst, revealed some classified dressing room conversations with head coach Rahul Dravid. He said that he was told by Dravid in South Africa that he was no longer in the scheme of things.

The wicketkeeper-batter also revealed how Chetan Sharma, the chairman of the national selection committee, told him that they were not considering him anymore. Saha has recently been demoted to Group C of the BCCI central contracts list.

(With inputs from agencies)

Posted By: Subhasish Dutta