In reply to Supreme Court, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has submitted the names of former India captains Sourav Ganguly, Sunil Gavaskar, Kris Srikanth, Ravi Shastri and Kris Srikkanth along with coaches Lalchand Rajput and Venkatesh Prasad in a list of people who can also be termed with conflict of interest during the IPL.
Yesterday the Supreme Court blamed BCCI for involving officials and players with “conflict of interest” during the IPL. A special SC bench also asked the board to give a complete list of administrators and players who have some commercial interest in Indian Premier League and Champions League T20.
“For the purity of the game, if conflict of interest has to go, it will go. Heavens will not fall if administrators don’t own teams. If the team goes, projects will not fall. Apart from CSK, is there any other team which is run by an administrator and why? Give us a list of all contracts which will fall because of striking down Rule 6.2.4,” the judges asked the BCCI.
The judges also seeked clarification from the BCCI on the controversial 6.2.4 clause that allowed BCCI officials to wear multiple hats and have commercial interest in IPL and CLT20. On the basis of this amended clause (Rule 6.2.4 framed in 2008), then BCCI chief N. Srinivasan’s company India Cements were allowed to own an IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings.