In a big relief for the legendary Indian cricketer, Rahul Dravid, BCCI ethics officer DK Jain dismissed the conflict of interest complaint against him, saying it was “bereft of any merit”. He said that Dravid the complaint has been rejected.
As per the quotes in PTI, Jain said, “I have rejected the complaint. Rahul Dravid doesn’t have a conflict of interest. I am convinced that on facts at hand, a case of conflict of interest as enshrined in the Rules is not made out. Resultantly, the complaint is dismissed being bereft of any merit.”
MPCA life member Sanjiv Gupta had filed a complaint against Dravid, accusing of a conflict of interest in his current role as National Cricket Academy (NCA) Head and being an India Cements employee. Jain had conducted a second round of hearing on Tuesday when Dravid was represented by his lawyer. The latter had earlier explained his case in a personal hearing held in Mumbai on September 26.
Dravid is currently performing his duties as the Director of NCA in Bengaluru besides being a vice-president in the India Cements group, which owns the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. He was also the head coach of the India A and Under-19 teams before being handed the NCA role, which includes monitoring the progress of these two sides as well.
In his earlier submission, Dravid had defended himself saying he has taken leave of absence from India Cements and he has nothing to do with the Chennai Super Kings.
While the cricket fraternity would welcome the ruling in favor of Dravid, conflict of interest is one of the most controversial issues facing Indian cricket. If the amendment is accepted by the supreme court, former cricketer with less than two-year contracts with the BCCI or state associations will be allowed to have multiple roles. They will also be allowed to join multiple panels like the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and won’t be barred from commentary stints.