Ever since Delhi Daredevils reached Kolkata on Sunday afternoon, there were talks on whether the Delhi outfit will field its pace ace Mohammed Shami against Kolkata Knight Riders.
With his wife, Hasin Jahan, having filed a case against the Indian pacer at Alipore court in Kolkata last week, demanding Rs. 10 lakh maintenance fee per month for her and her daughter, Shami found himself in a spot. The court asked Shami and others against whom the complaint was filed, to be present before it within 15 days from the receipt of the summons and give their versions.
That led to speculations that the Daredevils may finally bench him against the Knight Riders. But proving those talks wrong, Shami was back in action against his old franchise, and also scalped a wicket.
Defending the decision, Daredevils CEO, Hemant Dua, told Sportstar that one’s professional life should not be mixed with the personal life. “As a player, he has been cleared by the BCCI, so he plays. On a cricketing side, that’s where the matter stops. I am not going to stop him play because of personal problems because if I do that, everyone’s personal lives will get immersed,” Dua said during an interview.
Hasin — who had earlier met the Daredevils CEO, requesting him to take actions against Shami — addressed the media on Monday, hours before the IPL fixture got underway, to lash out at Shami again. “I am sure everyone is wondering how come he (Shami) is playing in Kolkata despite having charges. I have full faith in the police investigations,” Hasin said.
Staying away from the media, Shami — dressed in a blue tee and track pants — appeared calm and composed, when this publication spotted him at the team hotel in the afternoon — few hours before the match.