The board of control for cricket in India (BCCI) has asked former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly to respond to charges of conflict of interest after taking on a role in the Delhi Capitals setup.
The renowned Ganguly is currently serving as the president of the cricket association of Bengal (CAB) and also as an advisor to the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League.
BCCI ombudsman justice DK Jain – who is also the board’s ethics officer – asked Ganguly for an explanation, according to ESPNcricinfo, which Ganguly needs to send to justice Jain by 7 April 2019.
Three Kolkata residents wrote to justice Jain, asking how Ganguly could be allowed to be part of the Delhi Capitals setup on 12 April, when the team travels to the home of the CAB, Eden Gardens, to play the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Justice Jain confirmed he has written to Ganguly on the issue. ‘Yes, I have asked Sourav Ganguly to respond to the complaints with regards to conflict of interest as Delhi Capitals advisor and state association president.’
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Although Ganguly’s case might not fall smoothly under the direct, indirect, tractable or intractable conflicts as defined in the new BCCI constitution, justice Jain is paying close attention to a clause which states that a person cannot hold two of 16 positions listed at the same time. The clause says ‘It is clarified that no individual is allowed to occupy more than one of the following posts at a single point of time, except where prescribed under these rules.’
The 16 listed posts include ‘any person who is governance, management or employee of a franchise’, as well as ‘office bearer of a member’.
Ganguly was recently recruited by the Delhi outfit as an advisor, although the nature of his role is not clearly defined. So far, Ganguly has been in the Capitals’ dugout and has been involved in their training sessions alongside head coach and former Australian captain Ricky Ponting.
Incidentally, Ganguly had already resigned as the head of the BCCI technical committee before joining the Capitals in order to avoid a direct conflict.
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