The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials have accused the SC-appointed CoA (Committee of Administrators) chief Vinod Rai to allowing the conflict of interest.
During the recently concluded IPL 2018, Rai gave permissions to the Indian cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri and the India ‘A’ & U-19 coach Rahul Dravid to do commentary during that tournament. When an IPL official asked through a mail for a clarification on the appointments of the respective Indian coaches as the IPL commentators, Rai replied, “Okay with me. They should be BCCI commentators so that ‘conflict’ is not attracted.”
However, both of them hadn’t added to the commentary panel at the end, but the BCCI members are saying that it was a clear indication of breaking law by the CoA chief.
A senior BCCI official told CricketNext, “The CoA knows that removing Conflict of Interest was one of the building blocks of the Lodha Committee’s recommendations and that was the reason why Shastri and Dravid needed to step aside as commentators in the first place. In fact, this very clause has also seen some former cricketers from managing players and writing columns. So, it was important that Rai ensured that no fingers were pointed at the very committee formed to remove conflict.”
According to the Lodha Committee recommendations, the former players can’t hold more than one post or position due to the conflict of interest occurrences.
According to the Lodha Committee recommendations, regarding to the conflict of interest clause, there have been written – A) Several selectors have their children aspiring to represent the nation or the state. The minimum requirement is that if son or daughter of a selector or Office Bearer or representative of full member, is a cricketer who is considered for selection, such selector, Office Bearer or representative of full member should resign.
B) Several former players wear different hats. Former players are selectors, coaches, managers, members of the Governing Council, commentators, sports writers, employees of franchisees, running cricket academies. This results in conflict of interest in so far as the players are concerned. All such conflicts of interest situations should be avoided by prescribing that no former players shall hold more than one post or position.