Mumbai: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) have reportedly decided to approach the Supreme Court regarding the 'conflict of interest' issue, with regard to the Board of Control for Cricket in India Ombudsman and Ethics Officer DK Jain’s ruling against former cricketers VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly.
Sachin Tendulkar, who was also involved in the 'conflict of interest' issue was cleared earlier after rescuing himself from the Cricket Advisory Committee.
However, DK Jain had told Laxman and Ganguly to choose only one of the multiple roles which they were performing in Indian cricket. Both Ganguly and Laxman are a part of of the Cricket Advisory Committee along with Indian Premier League franchises--Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.
The CoA feels the order passed by Jain is ‘rigid’ and if adhered to, around 20 former Indian players could lose their job in the commentary panel and force the BCCI to hire commentators from overseas, as reported by The Indian Express.
“The CoA thinks that it [the order] is very rigid; the interpretation of a commentator. Commentators are commentators, being used by the BCCI. Somebody is doing vernacular commentary, somebody is with Star, some other player is writing for vernacular papers. In this way, the CoA has to dump 20 of our own people and hire Ricky Ponting, for example, or somebody else from overseas,” a close source was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, CoA is hopeful that the BCCI elections will be held as per schedule on October 22. It is subject to the Supreme Court's approval though and the next hearing is likely on July 30.