Conflict of interest charges against Sourav Ganguly
Conflict of interest charges were laid on Ganguly as he is holding two key positions in Indian cricket simultaneously. The BCCI ombudsman Justice DK Jain has issued a seven-day notice to him to respond to the charges.
“Yes, I have asked Sourav Ganguly to respond to the complaints with regards to Conflict of Interest as DC advisor and state association president. He has been given seven days to file his reply,” Jain told PTI on Tuesday.
Three cricket fans- Bhaswati Santua, Ranjit Seal and Abhijeet Mukherjee had registered the charges against Ganguly. They had questioned Ganguly’s presence in the dugout when Delhi Capitals take on Kolkata Knight Riders on April 12 at the Eden Gardens. As the 46-year-old is the CAB president, he will be at the helm of affairs at the Eden when DC play there.
“I am not concerned about any specific match. It’s a general complaint about his alleged Conflict of Interest and he needs to clear his stand,” added Jain.
Ganguly’s dual role as CAB president and advisor of DC could be a breach of clause 38 (4) of the BCCI constitution that asserts that no individual can hold two (out of 16 mentioned) positions at the same time, of which are Team official, any person who is in governance, management or employment of a franchise (Delhi Capitals in this case) and office bearer.
The former left-handed batsman had joined the franchise that already had Ricky Ponting as the head coach. DC will take on KKR on April 12 which means that Sourav Ganguly is bound to respond to the charges before that game.