BCCI president Sourav Ganguly defended his association with JSW Sports, the sports arm of the business conglomerate JSW Group, after an issue related to conflict of interest was raised over his role. The questions were recently raised after Sourav Ganguly shot an ad with the group which, along with the GMR Group, is the joint owner of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals.
Ganguly had also posted some pictures from the shoot on his Instagram account. On being inquired by the Indian Express, Ganguly clarified that he does not sees a conflict of interest issue here as he is not associated with cricket of the brand. The former India captain added that had it been that way it could be called a conflict of interest.
“How do I influence? I am not brand ambassador of JSW Sports (which handles Delhi Capitals in IPL). I don’t think the cement company is a sponsor of the (Delhi Capitals) team. I don’t see any conflict in it. I am not associated with their cricket; had I been, it would have been a conflict,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by The Sunday Express.
According to the BCCI constitution,“When the BCCI, a Member, the IPL or a Franchisee enter into contractual arrangements with entities in which the individual concerned or his/her relative, partner, or close associates has an interest. This is to include cases where family members, partners or close associates are in positions that may, or may be seen to compromise an individual’s participation, performance and discharge of roles.”
Ganguly had earlier last year stepped down as mentor for Delhi Capitals after a conflict of interest issue was brought to the fore. The decision was taken before he was elected as BCCI president.
Ganguly, however, continues to endorse the online cricket fantasy league My11Circle. He remains against the conflict of interest as he think the best people will be stopped from availing their services in the field of cricket.