[caption id="attachment_691026" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/mohammed-shami.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-691026" alt="Mohammed Shami was one of the match-winners of the Johannesburg Test AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/mohammed-shami.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Mohammed Shami was one of the match-winners of the Johannesburg Test AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>India's cricket board has declined to renew fast bowler <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/mohammed-shami" target="_blank">Mohammad Shami's</a> contract pending an investigation into "unsavoury" allegations that he cheated on his wife. <p></p> <p></p>Shami, who represented India during the tour of South Africa in January, has dismissed the accusations of infidelity as "part of a big conspiracy" to defame him. <p></p> <p></p>The Board of Control for Cricket in India dropped Shami from a list of contracted players unveiled Wednesday, which saw skipper Virat Kohli and other top Test players awarded salaries just above US $1 million. <p></p> <p></p>[link-to-post url="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/mohammed-shamis-central-contract-withheld-after-wifes-accusation-of-domestic-abuse-adultery-690842"][/link-to-post] <p></p> <p></p>A supervisory committee overseeing BCCI affairs said the allegations against Shami put them in a difficult position and that his contract was on hold pending review. <p></p> <p></p>"We are in a bit of Catch 22," Vinod Rai, chairman of the committee, told cricket website <i>ESPNcricinfo.</i> <p></p> <p></p>"Ordinarily you would distinguish and say that is a personal issue and the contract is a professional issue. <p></p> <p></p>"But someone could easily point out and say this allegation is an unsavoury one and you are still rewarding him." <p></p> <p></p>A source from the BCCI confirmed the board's position when contacted by AFP. <p></p> <p></p>Shami's wife Hasin Jahan, a former model, went public Tuesday with a series of messages that Shami, 27, allegedly sent to women during their four-year marriage. <p></p> <p></p>She also accused the cricketer, whom she married in 2014, of domestic violence. <p></p> <p></p>India media reported that Jahan went to the police in Kolkata but did not file an official report against her husband. <p></p> <p></p>Shami vented his frustration at his wife's accusations and sought to clear his record. <p></p> <p></p>"What is being said about my personal life is completely false," he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. "It's definitely a part of a big conspiracy against me. This is just an attempt to defame me." <p></p> <p></p>The board elevated Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah to a new "A+" category for the highest salaried players. <p></p> <p></p>Former captain MS Dhoni, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin were placed in the next grouping and will receive an annual salary of US $777,000.