Justice DK Jain, the BCCI Ethics Officer has dismissed the ‘conflict of interest’ charges against the batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Monday as the legend said that he wouldn’t be a part of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) unless he is provided with the ‘terms of reference’. Jain, however, described the charges as “infructuous” in a two-page verdict as Tendulkar decided not to be a part of any committee of BCCI.
“Once the BCCI furnished the terms of reference and tenure, he will decide on the course of his participation in the same. Mr Tendulkar doesn’t consider himself to be part of any Cricket Advisory Comittee and will not act as such. In consequence, the present complaint doesn’t survive for adjudication,” Jain wrote in his verdict.
“….resultantly, the present complaint is rendered infructuous and is disposed of, as such,” Jain further added.
“Without prejudice to his rights and contentions in the present proceeding, Mr. Sachin Tendulkar wishes to reiterate that he has been requesting BCCI since the inception of the CAC that terms of reference and his tenure is furnished to him,” the statement of Tendulkar’s legal counsel read.
“He has requested this repeatedly and several times over the years including as recently as on 7.12.2018. He is now left with no other choice but communicate to BCCI that until and unless the BCCI furnishes the terms of reference and tenure of his appointment in the CAC, he has decided not be part of any committee of the BCCI including the CAC.”
This clearly showed that the batting legend won’t be a part of any selection process after the World Cup unless CoA gives him proper terms of reference. However, the problem has arisen when Sanjeev Gupta, the member of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) had alleged that Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman were working as mentors with their franchises Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) despite being the member of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).
However, Tendulkar earlier replied that he doesn’t receive any monetary benefit and isn’t a part of the decision-making committee for his franchise. Meanwhile, it has been decided that CoA will hand over the terms of reference to him as the case is over now.