The BCCI Ethics Officer DK Jain recently questioned the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman. To be precise, Jain was questioning their roles as commentators in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. According to him, Ganguly and Laxman’s roles as Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members and IPL franchise mentors means that there is a conflict of interest.
The BCCI is of the opinion that the two former players need to make a choice between the two. He also believes that active players cannot act as experts or pundits on television.
Speaking to IANS, a Committee of Administrators (CoA) member said, “Yes, we will discuss the issue and come to a solution as it is too restrictive. We are working on it and will let you know soon.”
The active players jibe was most likely directed towards Harbhajan Singh and Parthiv Patel. The two have been commentating even though they are active players as evidenced during the IPL for Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively.
VVS Laxman is a Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor while Ganguly works with the Delhi Capitals as an advisor. In addition to that, he is also the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal. Sachin Tendulkar is a mentor for reigning IPL champions, Mumbai Indians.
“One person one post is the soul of Lodha committee recommendations. I have just tried to bring it out. In Sachin’s (Tendulkar), the conflict of interest did not arise as he had withdrawn from CAC. But it does in Ganguly and Laxman’s case and they need to decide how they would like to serve Indian cricket going forward,” said Jain to PTI.
All the three legendary cricketers had contested the allegation of conflict of interest and Laxman had even offered to step down from the CAC during his deposition.