The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s Ombudsman, Justice (Retd) D K Jain, who is also named interim ethics officer, has issued a notice to former India captain Sourav Ganguly after a complaint about his alleged conflict of interest.
Cricket Association of Bengal president Ganguly is also involved with the Indian Premier League team Delhi Capitals as an advisor. Two cricket fans have complained to the BCCI Ombudsman Justice (Retd) Jain that Ganguly’s two positions with the CAB and the DC will create a conflict of interest when Delhi take on Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on April 12.
Taking cognisance of the letter, Justice (Retd) Jain in his capacity as the ethics officer has asked Ganguly to explain his position on the matter.
“Yes, I have received a complaint about Ganguly. Today I have issued a notice to him seeking his views on the matter and he has one week to send a reply. Once I get his reply, we’ll see how we can proceed in the matter and if he should be summoned for a meeting or not,” Justice (Retd) Jain has told CricketNext.com.
Ganguly had said last month that he took up the role only after consultation with the CoA. “There is absolutely no conflict of interest. I resigned from the IPL Governing Council earlier. I have spoken to the CoA too before committing myself to the role,” Ganguly had stated.
Ganguly’s conflict of interest issue is the only matter before Justice (Retd) Jain as the Ethics Officer. However, he in his capacity as the BCCI Ombudsman is also looking into the matter of KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya for their sexist comments in the Koffee with Karan show.