A Look At 4 Cricketers Who Had Criminal Cases Levelled Against Them

Prince Singh / 13 March 2018

India pacer Mohammed Shami is dominating the news headlines for all the wrong reasons. The Bengal star has landed in hot waters due to the allegations levelled against him by his wife Hasin Jahan.

Jahan alleged that Shami was having extra-marital affairs with several women. She even alleged that Shami was physically assaulting and threatening her over a period of almost two years.

Jahan posted several screenshots on social media to back her claims. The pictures showed the chats Shami allegedly had with these women. She has also filed a police complaint against Shami at the city police headquarters at Lalbazar.

“He has affairs with multiple women. Many are from other parts of India while some are residents of Pakistan and countries in Europe. He used to spend time with them in different hotels while on tour. He used to chat with them using video apps,” Jahan had said.
Not only that, the BCCI has also withheld Shami’s central contract following the allegations. Well, this is not the first that a cricketer has found himself in news for unwanted reasons.

So here we are taking a look at four such cricketers who were dragged in big controversies:

4. Rubel Hossain:

The Bangladesh pacer’s World Cup dreams were hanging by a thread in 2015 after he was charged with rape by actress Naznin Akter Happy just two months before the event. The actress filed a complaint against the cricketer who was selected in Bangladesh’s 15-man squad. Happy had imposed charges of  ‘rape’ and a ‘false promise of marriage’.

Hossain was consequently arrested. However, he was later granted bail until the end of the World Cup. The actress then withdrew the charges after Hossain’s match-winning performance against England.

3. Navjot Singh Sidhu

In 2006, former India batsman Navjot Singh Sidhu was involved in a huge controversy. The cricketer-turned-politician, who had retired from the game by then, was convicted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court after a scuffle claimed the life of Gurnam Singh, a resident of Patiala. In an FIR registered in 1988, it was alleged that Navjot Sidhu and Bhupinder Singh Sandhu smashed Gurnam Singh after dragging him out his car.

Both the convicts were were sentenced to three-year imprisonment and were asked to pay a hefty fine of Rs 1 lakh. However, Sidhu appealed against the High court verdict in the Supreme Court, which suspended the previous judgment in 2007.

2. Yuvraj Singh:

Even Yuvraj Singh has found a mention in the list which every cricketer would definitely like to avoid. The World Cup-winning skipper had found himself in hot waters after Akanksha Sharma, the ex-wife of his bother Zorawar Singh – named her husband, mother-in-law Shabnam Singh and Yuvraj in a domestic violence petition filed last year.

Akanksha did not level any serious allegation against Yuvraj but had accused him of being a ‘mute spectator’. She had claimed that her husband and mother-in-law inflicted ‘mental and financial torture’ upon her. However, no legal actions were taken against Yuvraj in the case.

1. Ben Stokes:

The England allrounder’s Ashes dreams shattered after he was charged with affray following his involvement in a late night brawl in Bristol last year. CCTV footage had shown the allrounder punching a man repeatedly. As a result of the incident, Stokes had to miss the entire Ashes followed by the ODI and T20I series against Australia.

The ECB granted Stokes permission to play for England only after he pleaded ‘not guilty’ before the court. He returned to his national side in the ODI series against New Zealand earlier this year.