New Delhi: BCCI ethics officer and former Supreme Court judge D K Jain on Friday said former or active players commentating during tournaments could also amount to conflict of interest (COI) as ‘one person one post’ is the soul of Lodha reforms.
After passing the order on Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman’s COI, Jain said the two famed cricketers can only choose one of the multiple roles they are performing at the moment. Ganguly is commentating in the World Cup, heads Cricket Association of Bengal, is a Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) member and advisor of IPL franchise Delhi Capitals.
Laxman too is commentating, is mentor of Sunrisers Hyderabad and a CAC member. Last month, Sachin Tendulkar, who is a Mumbai Indians Icon, was cleared of COI after he withdrew from the CAC. “In Sachin’s case it (COI) did not arise as he withdrew from CAC. In these two cases, I have given them options, they can decide. I have only said that they can hold one post of their choice,” Jain said.
“It is for them to decide, how best they can serve the game of cricket. I have only interpreted the Lodha reforms for future guidance, I have not done anything extraordinary. The soul of Lodha committee recommendations is one person one post, I have just tried to bring it out in writing. Now it is for BCCI to enforce it,” Jain said.
Tendulkar, Laxman and Ganguly had contested COI allegations them.
However, with the ethics officer ruling that both Ganguly and Laxman have to choose between their roles including commentary, it could lead to many former and active cricketers falling under COI.
Tendulkar too is commentating in the World Cup but the complaint against him was filed over his dual role of Mumbai Indians Icon and CAC member.
Jain, who was appointed by the Supreme Court in February, also touched on the subject of active players such as Robin Uthappa and Irfan Pathan doing commentary at the ongoing World Cup.
“There may be some fallout (of this order). Based on this order, there could complaints against active players also. So they can apply their minds and be ready for that situation.
Ganguly to continue
It is learnt that Sourav Ganguly, who is one of the most respected voices in international cricket, will be completing his World Cup assignment as it is an exclusive contract with the ICC and not Star Sports.
“Sourav is doing commentary for the world feed. He has no contractual obligations with the Star Sports. And this is his only one-off broadcasting assignment for the time being for the ICC.
“He will certainly complete his World Cup assignment. He is not doing the Afghanistan match as he is back in Kolkata for some personal work,” a BCCI source privy to the development said on conditions of anonymity.
“But Sourav is going to be back in UK on June 25 and do the remaining India games starting the match on 27th against West Indies in Manchester,” the source said....