The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), ethics officer DK Jain, has ruled that former cricketers Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman will have to make a choice between the IPL roles and the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members. Jain has laid that holding two positions amount to conflict of interest and thus they will have to make a choice.
BCCI rules conflict of interest against Ganguly and Laxman
Ganguly worked as the advisor of the Delhi Capitals in this edition of the IPL beside being the President of Cricket Association of Bengal. On the other hand, VVS Laxman is the mentor of the Sunrisers Hyderabad besides being a member of the CAC. The order on Laxman came Thursday while BCCI had passed the order on Sourav Ganguly a few days back.
DK Jain stated the main purpose of Lodha Committee recommendations to justify his ruling. He also said that the choice of the nature of roles will depend on the individual. Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar has withdrawn himself from the CAC committee, and thus he holds only on position with the Mumbai Indians.
“One person one post is the soul of Lodha committee recommendations. I have just tried to bring it out. In Sachin’s (Tendulkar), the conflict of interest did not arise as he had withdrawn from CAC. But it does in Ganguly and Laxman’s case and they need to decide how they would like to serve Indian cricket going forward,” Jain told PTI.
DK Jain also revealed that cricketers like Irfan Pathan and Robin Uthappa, who are doing commentary along with playing cricket during the season also come amounts to conflict of interest going by the Lodha Committee recommendations.
“Based on this order there could be complaints against active players also. It is for the players to think whether it applies to them or not. It is the first time I have examined the rules and have given my interpretation (in the order), I don’t know if it would be accepted by the Board. If someone wants to challenge it he can challenge it,” he concluded.