Recently, the head of the National Cricket Academy’s (NCA) Cricket Operations Rahul Dravid has gotten the Conflict of Interest notice. The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has cleared the former Indian captain from this allegation.
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Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta has complained about this issue. Earlier, he also brought similar complaints against the previous Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman when they were serving for the IPL teams in last season.
In Dravid’s matter, while he is the head of the NCA Cricket Operations, he is also the vice-president of India Cements group. India Cements is the owner group of the Indian Premier League (IPL) giants Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Taking the NCA role without the Conflict of Interest, Dravid had to resign from the vice-president post of India Cements group, or he had to take leave from that post until the completion of the NCA role. Later, the media reports claimed that Dravid is currently on leave without pay for this vice-president role.
There is no conflict on Rahul Dravid case – CoA member Lt General Ravi Thogde
On Tuesday, CoA had a meeting in Mumbai where they cleared Dravid from the Conflict of Interest allegation. The new CoA member Lt General Ravi Thogde has confirmed this news. However, he further added that now the BCCI Ombudsman-cum-ethics officer DK Jain has to take the further decision.
Thogde claimed, “There is no conflict on Rahul’s case. He has got a notice and we have cleared his appointment. We had seen no conflict, but if the Ombudsman finds any conflict, we will give our response to the Ombudsman stating why we found no conflict.
“After that he (Ombudsman) has to consider. It’s a process and it will continue.”
According to the media reports, Dravid has also replied on this matter to DK Jain. However, there is still no news on his reply.
Thogde is confident about Dravid’s role in NCA. He believes that the former Indian captain can help NCA to grow up to the international standard.
He said, “There are a few things that needs to be done at the NCA. There are shortage of grounds and staffs, including coaches. There has to be continuity.
“Someone of Dravid’s stature will have to ensure that the NCA is of international standard. He has given his vision and we are fully in support of his vision. We will work together.”
Recently, the former Indian cricketers Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble have reacted on the Conflict of Interest controversy. Both of them have backed the former Indian captain who was famously known as “The Wall”.