‘Laxman, Ganguly have to choose between commentary, other roles’

What conflict Laxman, Ganguly face in cricket

Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman will have no option but to give up their positions in the Board of Control for Cricket in India, State cricket bodies or the Indian Premier League if they were to continue doing LIVE commentary during matches.

The BCCI ethics officer Justice (Retd) DK Jain had declined to rethink on his ruling on conflict of interest rules. The BCCI rules for conflict of interest clearly state that one person can only take one post in the Indian cricket set up.

Laxman is also employed with the Indian Premier League franchisee Sunrisers Hyderabad while Ganguly occupies the office of the Cricket Association of Bengal president besides being the Cricket Advisory Committee member and Delhi Daredevils team mentor. Laxman is also one of the three CAC members with Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar.

National daily Indian Express has reported that the BCCI ethics officer has refused to rethink on his conflict of interest order that no individuals under the BCCI umbrella can hold more than one post at a time.

Justice (Retd) Jain has reiterated his stand after the SC’s amicus curiae PS Narasimha had asked him to revisit his interpretation of the conflict of interest clause in the new Justice RM Lodha recommended BCCI constitution, the paper reports.

The Ethics Officer had stressed that Ganguly and Jadeja were flouting “one person, one position” norm prescribed by SC-appointed Justice Lodha’s panel. His orders can have serious implications as former cricketers will have to choose between commentary assignments and their official positions with the BCCI and IPL franchises.