The Lodha Committee had made its recommendations to the BCCI to resolve the conflict of interests and all the players and officials were made to abide by the rules. Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar was also under the scanner as he is a listed commentator of the board and also associated with his company Professional Management Group (PMG).
Gavaskar is the Chairman of PMG that manages 3 Indian cricketers – Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, and Sarfraz Khan. He was asked to choose between commentary and the association with the company which was formed by him in 1985.
To dissolve the conflict of interest, PMG has decided to shut down its player management wing. Gavaskar was annoyed with his integrity being questioned.
“I do not have a conflict of interest. Show me one instance where I have tried to influence the selection committee. It’s baffling to find my integrity has been questioned,” quoted Sunil Gavaskar as per Indian Express.
PMG concentrating on other parts of business
Melroy D’Souza, the COO of PMG has said that the contracts with the 3 players have been terminated and the company will now concentrate on other aspects of the business.
“PMG has decided to concentrate on other part of the business. We were looking digital and creating IPs (intellectual properties). The focus has been shifted from player management to other parts of the business so we decided to terminate the contract. Other things will continue. He (Gavaskar) is the chairman of PMG. The basic part is PMG is now out of player management business,” Melroy D’Souza quoted.
Meanwhile, Naushad Khan, father of Sarfaraz Khan has admitted that the papers sent by the company have been signed by them and that the contract has ended.
“They (PMG) told us that the company is terminating the contract with immediate effect. Shayad kuch Lodha Committee ka panga hua hai. (Perhaps, because of the trouble with Lodha committee reforms). We did not ask anything further and signed the documents,” said Naushad Khan.