Former India captain and current Cricket Association of Bengal president Sourav Ganguly has slammed the BCCI after Rahul Dravid was issued with a Conflict of Interest notice by the BCCI Ethics Officer, calling it a “new fashion in Indian cricket.”
Ganguly, who along with Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, had also faced Conflict of Interest allegations was scathing in his tweet.
“The best way to remain in news... “God help Indian cricket,” he wrote.
Supporting his former captain, Harbhajan said, “ Sending notice to these legends is like insulting them.. cricket need their services for betterment.. yes god save Indian cricket.”
Dravid, who is currently the head of National Cricket Academy’s Cricket Operations, became the latest big name to get notice from the Board of Control for Cricket’s Ethics Officer on specific Conflict of Interest allegations levelled against him, PTI reported on Tuesday.
BCCI’s Ombudsman-cum-Ethics Officer Justice DK Jain sent the notice after receiving a complaint from Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association 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 the Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings.
In July, the former India captain has resolved the potential conflict of interest issue that delayed his tenure as the head of cricket at the National Cricket Academy. He taken a leave of absence from India Cements until such time he serves as the head of NCA, according to a report by The Hindu.
The former India captain was supposed to take up the position on July 1. However, as a paid employee of India Cements, he would have violated the BCCI constitution. As per the BCCI constitution, an individual can’t hold multiple positions at the same time.
Dravid has been given two weeks to reply on the allegations levelled against him.
Gupta had earlier filed similar conflict of interest complaints against former cricketers VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar for their roles as Cricket Advisory Committee members and mentors of IPL franchises Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians respectively.
Tendulkar and Laxman made lengthy depositions before Jain on their case and denied having any conflict while offering to step down from CAC if proved otherwise.
With PTI Inputs