BCCI on Sunday laid out a plan for Player Agent Accreditation System (PAAS). Now, according to Indian Express report it plans to get the players to sign up too. BCCI on Sunday dicided introduce PAAS in order to ensure that those handling the cricketers’ commercial interest are bound by a code of conduct. The idea of launching PAAS comes right after the BCCI recently wrote to all cricket association to sign an undertaking on the matter.
BCCI’s decision’s to include the players is significant as many former cricketer while holding a post in BCCI signed lucratrive deals with corporates and franchises. Legends like Anil Kumble, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman have contracts with either IPL franchises or sports management firms that clash with their BCCI duties.
It is unerstood that in the wake of Lodha Committee committee BCCI is trying to restore the trust of cricket fans and the judicial system in the country. If the plan finally becomes a reality it will help BCCI to make players from having any commercial interests associated with the game in order to ensure total transparency and utmost integrity.
The ‘Indian Express’ carried out a report which looked at BCCI members who may run foul of the undertaking:
Anil Kumble: Chairman, BCCI’s technical committee, he is Mentor, Mumbai Indians, and co-founder of Tenvic, a company in the business of sports training and consulting.
Sourav Ganguly: Member, BCCI’s cricket advisory committee, and a broadcaster. Last commentary assignment was the 2015 ICC World Cup.
Ravi Shastri: Director, Indian cricket team, and contracted to the BCCI as commentator. Last commentary assignment was the ongoing Ashes. He is Member, IPL governing council.
Sunil Gavaskar: Contracted to the BCCI as commentator. He runs Professional Management Group (PMG), a sports marketing agency that has signed on a number of cricketers, including Mumbai batsman Sarfaraz Khan.
Sachin Tendulkar: Member, BCCI’s cricket advisory committee, he is Mentor, Mumbai Indians.
Rahul Dravid: Coach, India U-19 and India ‘A’, he is Mentor, Rajasthan Royals.
VVS Laxman: Member, BCCI’s cricket advisory committee, he is Mentor, Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Sanjay Bangar: Coach, Indian cricket team, he also coaches Kings XI Punjab.
The BCCI now remains in a fix whether to include players also in the clean up process. Tough decisions await the top brass. Brijesh Patel said an exception should be made for cricketers. “The Supreme Court said that cricketers, former and present, could be involved in the game in a professional capacity. So there should be different rules for them. The whole issue needs to be discussed in the general body.”
“You’re talking about my involvement with Royal Challengers Bangalore. But what about Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble, who are part of the Mumbai Indians set-up? What about Dravid, who looks after Rajasthan Royals? Laxman is with Sunrisers Hyderabad. There’s no point targeting cricketers because the BCCI appointed them despite their IPL contracts. I think we should wait for the Lodha committee report before taking a decision,” Patel was quoted as saying in a report.
However, following the Supreme Court’s order on the IPL verdict, Jagmohan Dalmiya had said, “The BCCI is concerned and determined to safeguard its integrity. Therefore, an introduction of a comprehensive Code of Conduct/Ethics by BCCI that determines and defines the most important core values for behaviour and conduct within BCCI as well as with external parties to ensure that administrators and officials are aware of the importance of their duties and associated obligations and responsibilities could also be a possibility in the near future.”