Sunil Gavaskar in order to avoid the conflict of interest has shut down his player management wing, Professional Management Group. The legendary cricketer started India’s first sports management company in 1985 with Sumedh Shah. The move has been taken by the legendary cricketer so that he could continue as a commentator.
The PMG was managing four cricketers- Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw and Sarfaraz Khan, who have been informed to search for new agents, as per Pune Mirror.
The PMG decision comes days after BCCI sent circular stating that all future contracts will necessitate declaration that there are no two sources of income from Indian board. A six-page guidelines was sent to all those employed or contracted with the BCCI and of particular importance here is Illustration 2 on Page 3 of the letter which is in possession of this paper. It goes like this: “B is a BCCI commentator. He also runs a sports management company which contracts members of the team. B is hit by Conflict of Interest.”
It is still not known if the BCCI will be satisfied with the PMG decision. A section of the board was of the view that Gavaskar should completely dissociate himself with the company.
“I have also repeatedly pointed to the anomaly where BCCI-contracted commentators simultaneously act as player-agents,” Guha had written to Vinod Rai in his resignation latter. He had quoted a media report to state that “Sunil Gavaskar is head of a company which represents Indian cricketers while commentating on those cricketers as part of the BCCI TV commentary panel. This is a clear conflict of interest. Either he must step down/ withdraw himself from PMG completely or stop being a commentator for BCCI.”
Gavaskar had strongly refuted Guha’s claims. “I’m very, very disappointed if anyone is doubting my integrity. I do not have a conflict of interest. It’s baffling to find my integrity has been questioned,” Gavaskar had said . “Show me one instance where I have tried to influence the selection committee. Indian cricket has done more for me than I have done for it. It’s very disappointing that they are doubting my integrity and contribution to Indian cricket.”
The BCCI, facing strict scrutiny for each of its steps, reportedly has decided to go by the rule book. The message for Gavaskar was loud and clear. Either he would have completely relinquish his interests in the company which he has formed three decades ago, or let his position in the commentary box go.