Chargesheet filed against Shami

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A chargesheet has been filed against Indian pacer Mohammed Shami. He has been accused of sexual harassment and dowry harassment by his wife Hasin Jahan.

Indian pacer Mohammed Shami has been handed a huge blow ahead of the all-important 2019 World Cup. A chargesheet has been filed against the cricketer under  IPC 498A (dowry harassment) and 354A (sexual harassment). His World Cup campaign can be in jeopardy as the next hearing of the case has been kept on June 22. The chargesheet has been submitted by the Kolkata police on his estranged wife Hasin Jahan's complaint. 

Shami has been involved in a long-standing legal spat with his wife Jahan, who had accused him of extra-marital affair and match-fixing last year. Jahan took to social media to post screenshots of Shami's alleged affairs with other women. She also accused him of match-fixing. The pacer was stripped of his contract by the BCCI following the accusations, however, his contract was renewed after he was given a clean chit in an internal investigation by the board. 

Jahan had first launched a complaint against the pacer in March last year, lodging a complaint at the Kolkata police headquarters in Lal Bazaar, accusing Shami of torture, physical and mental harassment. She also accused Shami's family of domestic violence. However, the pacer had refuted all such allegations terming them baseless. 

The chargesheet has been filed by the Kolkata police before the Alipore Police court. Shami was in action in the recently-concluded ODI series against Australia where he played four games picking up a total of four wickets as India lost the five-match series 3-2. He has been in fine form this year having made a strong return to limited-overs cricket with an impressive show against Australia and New Zealand. 

With June 22 being the next hearing of the case, Shami's World Cup contention might be in doubt as the showpiece event gets underway from May 30 and the final will be played on June 14. Shami was India's highest wicket-taker in the ODI series against New Zealand with 9 wickets in four matches to play an instrumental role in India's 4-1 series win. 

He continued his fine form in the series against Australia to further strike a claim for a World Cup spot. In all likelihood, he was expected to be India's third genuine pacer at in England and Wales but the latest developments might hamper his progress. 

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