Former India captain and head cricket operations at the National Cricket Academy’s cricket, Rahul Dravid is the latest big name to get notice from Board of Control for Cricket in India’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.
Gupta has alleged conflict of interest as Dravid besides being an NCA director is also employed as vice-president of India Cements group, which owns 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 has confirmed the development.
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.
Deploring the development, former India captain Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh had reacted in unison, “God help Indian cricket”.
Gupta had also filed similar conflict of interest complaints against Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman for their dual roles as Cricket Advisory Committee members and mentor/icon of their respective IPL franchises – Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Both had categorically refused that they had any conflicts whatsoever. Tendulkar, 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 latter post.
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.
Reacting sharply over the notice to Dravid, former India captain Saurav Ganguly has expressed his displeasure and said “God help Indian cricket”.
Ganguly was backed by off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who excelled under his captaincy.
“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 wrote on his twitter handle.
Supporting his former captain, Harbhajan said, “Really ?? Don’t know where it’s heading to.. u can’t get better person thn him for indian cricket. Sending notice to these legends is like insulting them.. cricket need their services for betterment.. yes God save Indian cricket.”
Dravid has been given two weeks to reply on the allegations levelled against him.