Advisor of the Delhi Capitals franchise and also the President of Cricket Association of Bengal Sourav Ganguly is all set to appear in front of BCCI Ombudsman Justice (Retd) DK Jain on Saturday after a conflict of interest situation for his dual role.

However, the BCCI note also stated that the Ombudsman needs to “examine” Ganguly’s dual role as “member of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC)” as well as DC advisor. However, it could have been possible only if Sourav Ganguly discloses all his interest in his dual role.

Three cricket fans from Bengal namely Bhaswati Shantua, Abhijeet Mukherjee and Ranji Seal had lodged a complaint that Sourav Ganguly and his dual role as a CAB President and the advisor of DC might cause a conflict of interest of an IPL franchise.

 “The parties may appear before the Ethics Officer, BCCI for a personal hearing on 20.4.2019 at 11 am, at New Delhi at the venue, which shall be communicated by the BCCI to the parties herein, by email, on or before 19.4.2019,” Justice Jain told to Ganguly’s legal counsel in an email which is currently with the Press Trust of India (PTI)

“If the parties fail to appear before the Ethics Officer on the said date, it will be presumed that the Parties do not wish to avail of the opportunity of personal hearing, and the Ethics Officer shall proceed to decide the Complaint on the basis of the responses of the parties filed by the parties by 20.4.2019,” the Ombudsman wrote.

“There is a grey area in the examples of Conflict of Interest stated in the constitution,” a senior BCCI official said.

Sourav Ganguly was part of the Delhi Capitals dugout when they defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders in their previous clash. Ganguly in a video ahead of the match had requested the fans of Kolkata to also support Delhi Capitals.

“Similarly, Mr. Ganguly’s role as a member of the CAC in addition to being an advisor to the Delhi Capitals franchisee may be examined to see whether the conflict of interest is tractable or intractable.” Johri concluded by stating that if full disclosures are made, Ganguly, for his “vast knowledge”, should be allowed to continue.

“If it is found that the conflict of interest can be resolved by full disclosure and by direction to the concerned individual to recuse himself from performing such functions vested in him which are in any way connected with or associated with his other role/post, Mr. Ganguly may be permitted to perform all his current roles since his cricketing knowledge and experience is invaluable for the development of the talent and game of cricket in India.

“The BCCI will be guided by any decision taken by your good self on this matter,” Johri stated in the mail.

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