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T20 World Cup: Conflict of Interest Complaint Against Dhoni’s Mentor Role

T20 World Cup: Conflict of Interest Complaint Against Dhoni’s Mentor Role
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Apex Council has received a Conflict of Interest complaint against the appointment of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the mentor of Indian National cricket team for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Reportedly, the letter sent to the council said that one cannot hold two posts.

What Happened?

Former Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association life member Sanjeev Gupta, has sent a letter to the apex council members filing a complaint against Dhoni’s appointment. Gupta is a familiar name who earlier filed a series of Conflict of Interest complaints against players and administrators. Gupta said that it is a violation of the Conflict of Interest clause, under which one person cannot hold two posts. By this he hinted at MS Dhoni’s captaincy stint with Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.

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A BCCI source told PTI, “Yes, Gupta has sent a letter to apex council members including Sourav (Ganguly) and Jay (Shah). He has cited clause 38 (4) of the BCCI constitution which loosely states that one person cannot be holding two separate posts. The Apex Council will need to consult its legal team to check the ramifications.”

India’s Squad Announcement

Yesterday, the BCCI announced a 15-member squad for India’s upcoming T20 World Cup assignment. Former India captain MS Dhoni was appointed the mentor of Team India for the same. “Former India captain MS Dhoni to mentor the team for the T20 World Cup,” announced BCCI secretary Jay Shah in a press conference while unveiling the squad for the T20 World Cup. “I spoke to him in Dubai. He agreed to be mentor for World T20 only and I discussed with my colleagues and all are on same page. I spoke to captain (Virat Kohli) and vice captain (Rohit Sharma) and everyone agreed,” he added.

Team India Squad:

Virat Kohli [Captain], Rohit Sharma [Vice Captain], KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami.

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Written by Shreyasi Talukdar

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