In an attempt to improve transparency, accountability and overall governance of cricket in India, the Committee of Administrators (COA) finalised the new constitution of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday. The new regulation is based on the recommendations made by the Lodha Committee, approved by the Supreme Court and was uploaded on the BCCI website too.
The new set of rules includes a provision for the public to register complaints against the BCCI over ticket and facility issues and has clearly stated that club owners would be barred from being the office-bearers in the state associations.
However, among all the new rules, the ones that stand out are about the conflict of interests. These rules have descriptions that put former stars players Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly in a tight spot and have an indirect reference to their ongoing work.
Rahul Dravid, who is currently the coach of India ‘A’ and U-19 teams and is also a mentor of IPL’s Delhi Daredevils, finds an indirect reference Illustration One under ‘roles compromised’ clause.
The clause states: “A is the coach of a team. He is also the coach of an IPL franchise. A is hit by conflict of interest.”
Sourav Ganguly, who a member of the IPL Governing Council and also has business relations with the owners of the Rising Pune Supergiants, finds an indirect reference made to his work in the Illustration One under ‘direct and indirect interest’ description. The former Indian skipper is a part-owner of the Indian Super League’s Atletico de Kolkata team which is co-owned by the owners of Rising Pune Supergiants.
The clause, making its stand clear on such a scenario, states: “C is a Member of the IPL Governing Council. The IPL enters into a contract with a new franchise, the Managing Director of which is C’s partner in an independent commercial venture. C is hit by Indirect Conflict of Interest.”
A voice against Ganguly’s work was raised by former BCCI president Shashank Manohar last year as well, but it’s only now that a regulation has been passed addressing the same.
Now how the former players react to the new constitution is, however, yet to be seen!
H/T: Hindustan Times
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