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    "God Help Indian Cricket": BCCI's Notice To Rahul Dravid Irks Sourav Ganguly

    Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for sending a Conflict of Interest notice to Rahul Dravid. Ganguly took to Twitter to express his disappointment regarding the matter. "New fashion in indian cricket .....conflict of interest ....Best way to remain in news ...god help indian cricket ......Dravid Gets Conflict of Interest Notice from BCCI Ethics Officer," Ganguly tweeted. Harbhajan Singh was also not pleased with the way legendary cricketers were being treated and replied to Ganguly's tweet.

    Dravid Gets Conflict of Interest Notice from BCCI Ethics Officer
    Former India captain Rahul Dravid, who is currently the head of National Cricket Academy's Cricket Operations, is the latest big name to get notice from BCCI's Ethics Officer on specific Conflict of...

    Rahul Dravid, who is currently the head of National Cricket Academy's (NCA) Cricket Operations, is the latest big name to get notice from BCCI's Ethics Officer on specific Conflict of Interest allegations levelled against him. BCCI's Ombudsman-cum-Ethics Officer Justice (Retd) DK Jain has sent a notice after receiving a complaint from Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta.

    According to Gupta's complaint, Dravid is allegedly conflicted as he is the NCA Director and also employed as vice-president of India Cements group, which owns Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings.

    "Yes, I have sent a notice to Mr Rahul Dravid last week after receiving a complaint. He has been given two weeks to reply to the allegations of Conflict of Interest. Based on his reply, I will decide whether to proceed further or not," Justice Jain confirmed the development to PTI.

    It is expected that Dravid will have to file his reply by August 16 and then might have to appear for an in-person hearing if Justice Jain deems it important.

    Gupta is the same person, who had also filed similar Conflict of Interest complaints against Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman for their dual roles as Cricket Advisory Committee member as well as mentor/icon of their respective IPL franchises - Mumbai Indians and SunRisers Hyderabad.

    Both had categorically refused that they had any conflicts whatsoever. Tendlkar, in fact, in his affidavit said that he didn't take a penny from MI for his services.

    Tendulkar had later made it clear that he won't like to continue unless he was given a proper Terms of Reference and Laxman in his reply had said that if his role of mentor was found to be conflicted with his responsibilities as CAC member, he was ready to quit.

    The other member of the panel Sourav Ganguly also faced Conflict of Interest allegations levelled by one Bhaswati Santua for being the CAB president as well as the mentor of Delhi Capitals.

    The CAC later became defunct and a new one was formed headed by Kapil Dev with Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad as its members.

    https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/sour...dravid-2081443


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    Who the he** is this Sanjeev Gupta of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association? Possibly some politically-linked regional satrap who has multiple side businesses himself.
    India's regional boards are full of such morons who know nothing about the game and merely want to use it to gain some publicity and line their pockets. The state associations are the worst cesspools of corruption imaginable.

    And it is shocking that the BCCI issues a notice based on a complaint, with no evidence whatsoever.
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    Yes, God help Indian Cricket!!!!

    When courts want to run cricket and appoint nobodies like Eduljee to run it on their behalf.

    When a cricket advisory committee made up of Tendulkar,Ganguly and Laxman is replace by avg player like Anshuman Gaekwad and a nobody like Shantha Ranganath(Only Kapil Dev in that committee fits the stature).

    When a crook like Gaekwad even before interviewing the candidates says that Ravi Shastri will be retained.

    When Rahul Dravid has to go and explain his integrity.

    Then yes, God help Indian Cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gani999 View Post
    Who the he** is this Sanjeev Gupta of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association? Possibly some politically-linked regional satrap who has multiple side businesses himself.
    India's regional boards are full of such morons who know nothing about the game and merely want to use it to gain some publicity and line their pockets. The state associations are the worst cesspools of corruption imaginable.

    And it is shocking that the BCCI issues a notice based on a complaint, with no evidence whatsoever.
    This is nothing but ab attempt to grab power.

    First remove Tendulkar Ganguly and Laxman from CAC.

    And appoint a new CAC with people like Gaekwad and Ranganathan.

    Now remove Dravid from NCA and India A.

    The CoA is already compromised in favour of you know who.

    Keep stalwarts of Indian cricket out of Bcci.

    The take over is complete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    Yes, God help Indian Cricket!!!!

    When courts want to run cricket and appoint nobodies like Eduljee to run it on their behalf.

    When a cricket advisory committee made up of Tendulkar,Ganguly and Laxman is replace by avg player like Anshuman Gaekwad and a nobody like Shantha Ranganath(Only Kapil Dev in that committee fits the stature).

    When a crook like Gaekwad even before interviewing the candidates says that Ravi Shastri will be retained.

    When Rahul Dravid has to go and explain his integrity.

    Then yes, God help Indian Cricket.
    well said.... it is high time the likes of oppertunistic frauds like eduljee needs to be kicked out of the BCCI for ever. Another good for nothing santha raganath gets appointed for selecting Indian coach .These type of incompetent morons are hell bent on destroying Indian cricket....it seems.

    GOD has not got any thing to do with this ....I think fans across the nations should stand with greats liks Sourav,Dravid ,Sachin etc & do the needful and force these frauds out of Indian cricket for ever....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    Yes, God help Indian Cricket!!!!

    When courts want to run cricket and appoint nobodies like Eduljee to run it on their behalf.

    When a cricket advisory committee made up of Tendulkar,Ganguly and Laxman is replace by avg player like Anshuman Gaekwad and a nobody like Shantha Ranganath(Only Kapil Dev in that committee fits the stature).

    When a crook like Gaekwad even before interviewing the candidates says that Ravi Shastri will be retained.

    When Rahul Dravid has to go and explain his integrity.

    Then yes, God help Indian Cricket.
    first post in several years but this just cracked me up lmao

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    Damn India does have some corrupt people at the top aswell.

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    Why does Dravid have a VP role with a cement co? Makes no sense...he should be explain his role for the company and how it doesn’t effect his job as the NCA Director.

    People in desi land want to treat their stars like gods but organizational best practice is to question such things.

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    Actually, the complaint is valid.
    By being the VP of India Cements, as well as being in admin position of two cricketing bodies, he may favor certain individuals.


    I do not see anything wrong with this complaint.

    I dont understand why these guys are made 'VP of INDIA cements' when thats not their full time job? If you want to compensate them, just give them stock or make them a consultant so they are not tied to a company.

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    It IS a conflict of interest. Dravid may have the best intentions but as long as he hold these two positions, the complaint is valid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itachi View Post
    It IS a conflict of interest. Dravid may have the best intentions but as long as he hold these two positions, the complaint is valid.
    How is it conflict? Its a honorary position.

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    If he’s getting paid from India Cements, then it’s not a true ‘honorary position’

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    Quote Originally Posted by khan_aa View Post
    If he’s getting paid from India Cements, then it’s not a true ‘honorary position’
    He is not getting paid and is on a leave of absence without pay. He submitted the same to the Bcci.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    How is it conflict? Its a honorary position.
    The problem I think isn't the specifics of a situation but the lack of common sense that should have been applied while writing or enforcing this rule. Being a commentator and a selector have no logical conflict of interest, being involved in the ipl and being in a CAC which picks coaches again has little direct conflict of interest outside of sitting out the interview where if the coach from the specific team applies. Ganguly is the only one i think who is legitimately in conflict of interest given his multiple roles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    He is not getting paid and is on a leave of absence without pay. He submitted the same to the Bcci.
    No dude.
    Of course you won't get paid on a leave of absence. What about before taking leave of absence?
    We all know that compensation is tied in 'honorariums', 'gifts', 'travel expenses' etc etc. These are all ways to compensate someone. This would all need to be clarified.
    Secondly, the issue is not money also, but the 'ability to influence' when you are in these positions of power. That would cause conflict.

    Thats why its best to avoid multiple positions, esp. when the stakes are so high such as in the BCCI.

    I am sure Rahul Dravid is a rich man and doesnt really need any money, so its not about money per se. Its about being in a position of power.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Viper View Post
    Damn India does have some corrupt people at the top aswell.
    Ummm we are the #1 when it comes to corruption paksitan doesn't come anywhere close. But BCCI has generally been somewhat less corrupt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketjoshila View Post
    How is it conflict? Its a honorary position.
    Some may show interest due to money, some may show interest out of respect given to them. If you are involved with an organization, (paid or unpaid), there will be a attachment involved whether one likes it or not. And this attachment will bring out the conflict of interest in cases like this.

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    he Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Tuesday cleared Rahul Dravid's appointment as Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), ruling that there is "no conflict of interest" case against the former India captain.
    Lt General Ravi Thogde, the new member of the CoA, said the ball is now in BCCI Ombudsman-cum-ethics officer DK Jain's court.

    "There is no conflict on Rahul's case. He has got a notice and we have cleared his appointment. We had seen no conflict, but if the Ombudsman finds any conflict, we will give our response to the Ombudsman stating why we found no conflict," Thogde said after a CoA meeting here.

    "After that he (Ombudsman) has to consider. It's a process and it will continue."

    Dravid, one of the most respected figures in Indian cricket, found himself embroiled in a conflict of interest case after his appointment at NCA since he is an employee of India Cements which owns the Chennai Super Kings franchise in the IPL.

    Dravid, who was in Mumbai prior to Tuesday's CoA meeting, has sent his reply to Jain but it could not be ascertained if he has resigned from his post.

    While appointing him, the CoA had made it clear that Dravid will have to relinquish his post as vice-president of India Cements or be on leave until he completes his tenure.

    Dravid did not resign, instead, he sought leave without pay from India Cements, prompting MPCA life member Sanjeev Gupta to persist with his complaint against Dravid.

    Thogde stressed that the NCA needs to be of international standard under Dravid.

    "There are a few things that needs to be done at the NCA. There are shortage of grounds and staff, including coaches. There has to be continuity.

    "Someone of Dravid's stature will have to ensure that the NCA is of international standard. He has given his vision and we are fully in support of his vision. We will work together."

    The CoA also discussed the upcoming BCCI elections in Tuesday's meeting, besides the appointment of various coaches of the national team.

    "We discussed about the upcoming elections. There were discussions with (Electoral Officer) N Gopalaswami and certain things have been resolved. A code has been drawn out," Thogde said.

    Asked about the state cricket bodies which are yet to come on board for the elections, he said, "There will be minor delays but there is still ample time. We just took a review and most of them will join by then."

    "I don't see such a great difficulty in getting it done. Some of them are yet to register their constitutions. More than 24-25 bodies who have fallen in line. The intentions are to hold the elections around the date which has been set (October 22).

    "Rest of the issues discussed are administrative, related to selection of head coach and selection of other coaches. Interviews will start now. Short-listing has already been done."

    https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/cri...450-2019-08-13


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    The Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai has acknowledged that there exists a difference of opinion on the conflict of interest issue as interpreted by BCCI's Ombudsman-cum-Ethics Officer Justice (Retd) DK Jain and the CoA. Jain had sent notices to legendary cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid, which in turn has not gone down well with many in the Indian cricket fraternity. "The CoA has a difference on the way the conflict of interest has been interpreted. We have a Supreme Court-appointed ombudsman and he took a view on it. It was very justified because the way he interpreted, he must have seen it right legally," Rai said while speaking in an interview to Times Now.

    "It was given to us. We raised the issue with him that we need some clarifications on this application of conflict of interest because we do not see the way it has been interpreted. So, we brought it to his notice and we have gone to the Supreme Court.

    "Whether it's a Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly or VVS Laxman, it's not the issue of being an icon. The issue is the game has to be played with a certain amount of credibility," he added.

    The CoA chief further said he believes that the Supreme Court will provide clarity on the issue so that no problem arises when it comes to the case of conflict of interest and its interpretation.

    "We have sought from the Supreme Court that up till now, there's been no interpretational issue, it was only on this conflict of interest."

    "We have a viewpoint on it and we have placed it before the Supreme Court so that, what is called to be a grey area, is converted into black and white. There are no two ways about it. Supreme Court will come out with a clear verdict."

    He also asserted that the day BCCI elections are held (as per schedule, it is to be held on October 22), the CoA will demit the office. "There is no place for a committee of administrators after an elected body has been put into place."

    He also claimed that the Board of Control for Cricket in India has not been losing on any revenue from the ICC.

    https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/comm...od-rai-2098442


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    Ethics officer Jain instructs BCCI to be stern regarding Sourav Ganguly's conflict of interest case

    The BCCI Ethics Officer DK Jain has made it clear to the board that former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has tractable conflict and must relinquish his interests and must not continue in more than one position. In a mail accessed by IANS, Jain has given the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president the benefit of doubt, but has also gone on to explain that he must not hold more than one position.

    “In the instant case, having regard to the afore noted stand of Mr. Ganguly, viz (i) that if it is found by the Ethics Officer that his presence in the CAC (Cricket Advisory Committee) has resulted in a “conflict of interest” situation, as envisaged in Rule 38 of the Rules, his Reply in these Complaints may be treated as his resignation there from immediate effect and (ii) that his involvement with the IPL Franchise has come to an end in May 2019, I declare that in the present case the “Conflict of Interest” is tractable, he wrote.

    Ganguly faced the music for being the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president as well as the mentor of Delhi Capitals. Ganguly had earlier voiced his resentment against the clause and asked for further clarity, rather than creating exceptions for certain cricketers. But Jain made it clear Ganguly would have to make his mind about not performing duel duties.

    “Although it is trite law that the ignorance of the law is no excuse and, Mr. Ganguly was obliged to disclose the requisite information as stipulated in Rule 38(2) of the Rules, but bearing in the mind the fact that the Rules have come into existence only after August 2018, I am inclined to give benefit of doubt to Mr. Ganguly that perhaps he may not have realised that his occupying the said three posts did involve “Conflict of Interest”, the mail further stated.

    “Accordingly, I direct the BCCI to ensure that Mr. Sourav Ganguly relinquishes his interests, which give rise to “Conflict of Interest” and does not continue to occupy more than one post as enumerated in Rule 38(4) of the Rules at any given point of time.”

    Ganguly also does broadcasting work but does not see his commentary stint with a renowned broadcaster as a conflict.

    https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/...st-case-890893


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    Former India captain Rahul Dravid would depose before BCCI Ethics Officer D K Jain on Thursday to explain the conflict of interest allegations against him. Dravid is currently the Director of National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, besides being a vice-president in the India Cements group, which owns the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. The 46-year-old former batting mainstay was 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.

    The complaint against Dravid, by Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta, alleging that there is conflict in interest in Dravid's role as NCA head and being an India Cements employee.

    Dravid has already given a reply and defended himself saying he has taken leave of absence from employers India Cements and he has nothing to do with the Chennai Super Kings.

    Similarly, BCCI employee Mayank Parikh has been asked to depose before the Ethics Officer on Thursday.

    Parikh, who too faces of conflict of interest allegations.

    A part of the operations team in the BCCI, Parikh is also associated with multiple clubs, with voting rights, in the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).

    Dravid's hearing will be in the morning, followed by Parikh's. As per the BCCI constitution, no individual can hold more than one post at the same time. The BCCI Ethics Officer would give his judgement based on the hearing on Thursday.

    https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/rahu...ursday-2107126


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    New Delhi: Hours after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Ethics Officer D.K. Jain sent a notice to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy with regards to allegations of conflict of interest, as claimed by MPCA life member Sanjeev Gupta, Rangaswamy has resigned from her position in the CAC.

    Speaking to IANS, the former India cricketer said that people complaining is fine, but if the Ethics Officer picks up every complain, then it creates a difficult scenario and getting former cricketers to come into administration will be difficult.

    “I gave my resignation from the CAC, as also the directorship of the players association. Last night I mailed it to the concerned authorities. Now, I can understand individuals complaining. But if the Ethics Officer acts on that, then it is not worth continuing. And I think one of the pressing demands for the new BCCI committee will be to provide clarity on this conflict of interest clause and from where are they looking to get eligible cricketers in key committees,” she rued.

    Rangaswamy went on to add that the notice to the trio on Saturday wasn‘t the first time that former players have been pulled up. She feels that this must stop. In fact, she is shocked that someone like Rahul Dravid has been pulled up for looking to work towards bettering the future of Indian cricket.

    “See, they first pulled up Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. Now to Kapil, Anshu and me. Trying to target Rahul Dravid for training the future cricketers of India? If this is the scenario, most former cricketers will not prefer to be associated with the BCCI. Why give room for the speculations and all, so thought best is to resign in the interest of the game,” she explained.

    The legal team of the BCCI under the Committee of Administrators had given the trio a green light to be a part of the CAC and appoint the new head coach of the Indian team.

    https://altaadvocate.com/hurt-by-bcc...l-dev-led-cac/


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