Wriddhiman Saha, a veteran wicketkeeper-batsman, has spoken out on the historic issue that included journalist Boria Majumdar. Saha had claimed in a startling tweet that he was threatened by a journalist earlier this year for not providing an interview. However, he opted not to divulge the identity of the journalist for a considerable amount of time.
The right-handed batsman posted screenshots of his interaction with the journalist on social media, including Twitter, which led to the involvement of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Because his acts were found to be “in the character of menace and intimidation,” the governing body of cricket gave Majumdar a two-year suspension from the sport.
The Indian batsman first said that he did not want to go public with the event since “everyone has their own career,” but due to the lack of contrition shown by the journalist, the batter was unable to stop himself from revealing the journalist’s identity to the BCCI. During the time that the board was beginning its probe into the case, Majumdar revealed the name of the journalist who had requested an interview with Saha.
How long are you able to keep your mouth shut if the other person doesn’t even have any regrets?: Widdhiman Saha on the Majumdar dispute
“I wanted to demonstrate to the world that there are journalists out there who are willing to go to such lengths to get an interview. But I came to know after that he had done similar things before as well, and that is why the BCCI stepped in and punished him. But I got to know later that he has done such things before as well,” Saha stated in an interview with Sports Today.
“At first, I didn’t feel like talking about it since, at the end of the day, everyone has their own profession. It’s just not something I’m interested in. But if the other person doesn’t even have any sorrow about what they did, how long are you going to be able to keep quiet?” Saha added.
In the meantime, the BCCI has decided not to provide Majumdar accreditation as a member of the press for any of the cricket matches that take place in India, both those that are local and those that are international. Additionally, the senior journalist is prohibited from conducting interviews with any registered players in India for the duration of the two-year suspension. In the same vein, he is not permitted to enter any facilities that are owned by the BCCI or any other organization.