Former Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman’s involvement in the Indian Premier League with their respective franchises did not go well with the BCCI ombudsman and Ethics manager D.K. Jain. As the trio is also a part of the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), the issue of conflict of interest came into the picture. Jain summoned them demanding an explanation regarding the same.
Tendulkar responded with a 13-point letter to the Ombudsman stating that fails to understand how BBCI is maintaining its stand of a traceable conflict of interest after appointing him to the CAC.
Tendulkar has requested Jain to call COA chairman Vinod Rai and the BCCI Rahul Johri to clarify his position in the CAC.
On this whole issue, Rai has made it clear the BCCI will not be a part of any meetings conducted in this matter and Jain is the one to take the final call on the situation of Tendulkar, Laxman and Ganguly.
Sachin Tendulkar is surprised that the BCCI is raising the conflict of interest point in spite of being the very authority to appoint him as a member of CAC in 2015, despite knowing that he has been associated with the Mumbai Indians as an Icon since 2013.
The former batsman was slapped with a notice where the conflict of interest referred to him being a team official. However, Tendulkar claims that a ‘mentor’ or an ‘icon’ is not covered as a team official. Moreover, he claimed that he does not get any compensation from the franchise for his guidance and hence cannot be termed as a consultant.