Sunil Gavaskar has closed the player management wing of his Professional Management Group (PMG) to avoid conflict of interest. The move has been taken by the legendary cricketer so that he could continue as a commentator.
The BCCI’s conflict of interest rule had asked commentator Sunil Gavaskar to choose between his commentary role and his stake in his sports management company PMG to avoid conflict of interest
The PMG was managing four cricketers – Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw and Sarfaraz Khan – and has now informed them to search for new agents.
The sources in the PMG have confirmed the development.
“We have informed the players that we’re not going manage them.
“You can check with them,” a company source said.
BCCI had sent circular stating that all future contracts will necessitate declaration that there are no two sources of income from Indian board. The six-page guideline was sent to all those employed or contracted with the BCCI.
Initially, it was expected that Gavaskar might sell his stakes either to his immediate family members or outsiders. He was waiting to discuss the issue with BCCI’s top management. Eventually, now it is clear that the advice given to Gavaskar was to choose between his professional commitments with the BCCI or look after private entity.
But, while Gavaskar has made his decision in accordance to the circular, it remains unconfirmed if BCCI will be satisfied with the decision.
Few members of the board felt that Gavaskar must completely dissociate himself with the company.
The current situation had put doubts over his eligibility to participate in the commentary panel for the Australia series starting on September 17. L. Sivaramakrishnan is being kept as the standby.
The BCCI commentary panel consists of Sanjay Manjrekar, Murli Kartik, Harsha Bhogle and Brad Hogg. Michael Clarke and Brett Lee are part of the Star Sports group.