Conflict of interest charge against VVS Laxman are erroneous: BCCI

Nagendra / 01 July 2016

Indian legendary batsman VVS Laxman was alleged of Conflict of interest as he was a shareholder in Anil Kumble’s company Tenvic sports.

Following the appointment of Anil Kumble as the head coach of Team India for one year, there have been few controversies circulating among India media especially the Ganguly-Shastri conflict and VVS Laxman’s share conflict are making rounds.

VVS Laxman who used to have shares in Kumble’s company was reportedly sold back in March and the player has made clear regarding the same during the formation of Cricket Advisory Committee which was given the responsibility to choose the next head coach for Team India.

BCCI have released a statement to clarify on the issue as BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke stated, “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would like to inform all concerned that at the time prior to the commencement of the functioning of the Committee to interview applicants for the job of Head Coach of the Indian cricket team, Mr. VVS Laxman had very categorically clarified his current position as well his previous association with Tenvic Sports.

“It was during the course of the requisite communication, Mr. Laxman informed BCCI that he had sold his total shareholding of 5 percent in Tenvic Sport in the month of March 2016 and also declared that he no longer held any shareholding or any official or unofficial position in Tenvic Sports. This took place prior to the commencement of the operations of this Committee.

“Mr. Laxman was therefore in no position of a conflict of interest at the time of selection of the head coach of Indian cricket team. All assumptions and conclusions to that effect are therefore erroneous,” Shirke added.

VVS Laxman who was part of the Cricket Advisory Committee was alleged to select Kumble as the chief coach due to his business links in Kumble’s company. BCCI has released a statement in an attempt to put a check to the ongoing rumour which affects the reputation of the board.

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