Dravid gets conflict of interest notice from BCCI
Former India skipper Rahul Dravid, who is now the head of NCA’s Cricket Operations is the latest one to get a notice from India’s governing body’s Ethics Officer on specific Conflict of Interest allegations levelled against him.
It was BCCI’s Ombudsman-cum-Ethics Officer Justice (Retd) DK Jain who sent a notice soon after receiving a complaint from Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta.
As per Gupta’s complaint, Dravid is allegedly conflicted as he serves as the NCA Director and also appointed as vice-president of India Cements group, which owns IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.
“Yes, I have sent a notice to Mr Rahul Dravid last week after receiving a complaint. He has been given two weeks to reply to the allegations of Conflict of Interest. Based on his reply, I will decide whether to proceed further or not,” Justice Jain confirmed the development to PTI.
So, it is likely that Rahul Dravid will have to file his response by August 16 and then might have to appear for an in-person hearing if Justice Jain considers it as an important one.
In case if you didn’t know, Gupta is the same person, who had also filed similar Conflict of Interest complaints against the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman for their double roles as Cricket Advisory Committee member including the mentor/icon of their respective IPL franchises – Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.
It has been learnt that both of them categorically refused that they had any conflicts whatsoever. Tendulkar, in fact, in his written statement said that he didn’t take even a single penny from Mumbai Indians for his valuable services.
Sachin Tendulkar had later made it very clear that he won’t like to continue this unless he was given a proper ‘Terms of Reference’ while VVS Laxman in his response had said that if his role of mentor was found to be conflicted with his responsibilities as CAC member, then he was ready to quit the next moment.
Sourav Ganguly, who is the other member of the panel also faced Conflict of Interest allegations levelled by one Bhaswati Santua for being the ‘CAB president’ including the mentor of Delhi Capitals.
The Cricket Advisory Committee then later became defunct and a new one was formed chaired by Kapil Dev with Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad as its key members.