BCCI To Appoint Ethics Officer To Look Into Conflict Of Interests
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will soon appoint an ethics officer to address the issue of conflict of interest, which harms Indian cricket for some time now. Committee of Administrators (COA) chairman Vinod Rai said such a decision was the need of the hour.
“All issues regarding conflict of interest will be referred to ethics officer appointed by the BCCI. He will be appointed soon. A lot of complaints regarding conflict of interest have been received,” said Rai after a meeting.
Historian Ramachandran Guha, who resigned from the committee recently, had bashed BCCI’s functioning in his resignation letter and made an observation on conflict of interest in the case of Rahul Dravid, who is India A coach and also a mentor of the Delhi Daredevils IPL franchise.Dravid has sought more clarity on the subject so that he can take an informed decision.
Guha sparked a debate on the issue as he also alleged that Sunil Gavaskar also had a conflict of interest in his working as BCCI commentator when he also had stakes in Professional Management Group (PMG) which signed up Shikhar Dhawan for three years.The historian wrote in his letter, “I have repeatedly pointed to the anomaly whereby BCCI-contracted commentators simultaneously act as player agents.”Gavaskar though sees no conflict of interest and said he was appalled by the allegations.
Dravid had sent a letter to the COA seeking further clarity on the rule changes prevailing in conflict-of-interest regulations.
“I have written to CoA explaining my position and explaining the background of which this perceived conflict of interest has happened. By the BCCI’s conflict of interest rules, I was absolutely not under a conflict of interest. If the rules have changed midway through the contract, then I think it is unfair to criticise me for breaking the rules or twisting the rules to suit my convenience,” Dravid wrote.
“Show me one instance where I have tried to influence the selection committee. Indian cricket has done more for me than I have done for it. I’m very disappointed that they are doubting my integrity and contribution to Indian cricket,” Gavaskar told a TV channel.
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