Ganguly Gets Notice From BCCI Over Conflict Of Interest

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Justice D K Jain was previously appointed as the Ombudsman of BCCI. He was also asked to serve as the ethics officer of the Board. Former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly is presently the President of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

He is also the new advisor of IPL franchise Delhi Capitals in the ongoing IPL. A notice has been issued to Ganguly on basis of conflict of interest issue. The problem is when DC will come to Eden to play against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 12. Jain has now asked Ganguly to explain his position.

“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,” Jain confirmed to CricketNext on Tuesday.

Earlier Sourav Ganguly had defended himself saying, “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,” Two Bengal residents Ranjit Kr. Seal and Bhaswati Santua have separately sent their complaints to Jain.

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Base of the complaint

“I would also like to draw your kind attention that on 12th April, 2019 (inadvertently quoted 12th May 2019 in my earlier e-mail), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) vs Delhi Capital (sic). The match will be played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. KKR is the local franchisee, who are (sic) closely associated with the Cricket Association of Bengal, more so, Sri Sourav Ganguly is the President of CAB.

“On the other hand, Sri Sourav Ganguly, is an Advisor of Delhi Capital (sic). Sir, is it practically possible – in one hand CAB President is supporting in all aspects to the local franchisee to conduct the match administratively and in another way, CAB President is sitting with the team officials of Delhi Capitals as an Advisor. Sir, will it not attract any conflict of interest,” Seal wrote.

Meanwhile, Santua wrote, “KKR is the local franchisee (sic), and all the home matches are being held with the active administrative support of the Cricket Association of Bengal, where Sri Sourav Ganguly is the President…”

Jain to look into Pandya-Rahul issue too

Justice Jain will also look into the issue of Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. They were provisionally suspended by Committee of Administrators (CoA) on the controversy related to ‘Koffee With Karan’. The ban was lifted later until further inquiry by BCCI Ombudsman.

“We have finalised the dates or April 9 and 10 in Mumbai when the both of them will be deposing in front of me. I will hear what they have to say in the matter and decide on what future course of action needs to be taken,”  Jain said.