File photo by Wriddhiman Saha.©TSWT
Wriddhiman Saha’s explosive tweets led the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) to ban senior journalist Boria Majumdar for two years after finding his actions “in the nature of threatening and intimidating”. The veteran wicketkeeper batsman had alleged he was bullied by a reporter for not giving an interview and shared a screenshot of his conversation. At the time, he did not name the journalist, but once the BCCI began its official investigation into the case, Boria Majumdar identified himself as the one accused by Saha on his Youtube channel.
Saha has now explained why he decided to speak out about the incident in the first place.
“My goal was to show the world that there are journalists out there who can do such things to get an interview,” Saha said in an interview with Sports Today.
“But I learned later that he had done such things before, that’s why the BCCI intervened and punished him,” he added.
Saha said he initially didn’t want to go public with the incident because “everyone has their own career”, but said a lack of regret from the other side meant he couldn’t keep his mouth shut any longer.
“At first I didn’t want to talk about it, because at the end of the day everyone has their own career. But if the other person doesn’t even have any regrets, how long can you keep the silence ?” Says Saha.
The Switzerland Times had acceded to the BCCI order in which it stated that Majumdar had been barred from obtaining accreditation as a member of the press in any of the cricket matches (domestic and international) in India. He also said that Majumdar had been banned for 2 years from interviewing registered players in India. He was also banned for 2 years from entering any cricket facilities owned by BCCI or member associations.
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