Venkatesh Prasad finds himself in ‘Conflict of Interest’ row

Rishav Narang / 10 July 2016

The Former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad has found himself trapped in the ‘Conflict of Interest’ row. He is one of many star players who have found their names in this list. The newly elected Head Coach of Indian cricket team Anil Kumble also found his name on this list, Prasad was also one of the aspirants for the post.

Prasad’s ‘Interest’ issue have come into notice after a complaint which reveals that Prasad was running a cricket academy namely ‘SLS Academy for Cricket’ which is a violation of  rules. According to the rule, he has only one option, whether to run his own academy or to continue as the state selector. He was running the academy with his former state teammate Sujith Somasunder in their home state. Sujith played for India in just two ODI matches. In both the matches, he opened the innings for the Indian team along with Sachin Tendulkar but could not live up the expectations and could only score 16 runs in two innings he played at the highest level.

“A notice was issued to Prasad on May 14. In his reply, Prasad admitted that SLS Academy is owned and managed by a company, ‘Starting Line Sports and Education Private Ltd,’ co-founded and co-promoted by him along with Somasunder in 2014. Prasad said he still owns 50% of the shareholding of the company. He then clarified that he was nominated as a BCCI selector only subsequently, in November 2015, after which he had not participated in any coaching assignment at the academy,” states Shah’s order copy.

According to sources, the junior chief selector Prasad has now pulled out his stake in the academy.

Prasad is not the only big name who have found himself in  Conflict of Interest row as earlier every big name including the BCCI President to the players, all have found themselves in this row but Narendra Hirwani was first one to act on it. Now others who have been named in this row are keen to act upon this as soon as possible so as to clear their name from this list.