Rahul Dravid gets Conflict of Interest notice, Ganguly slams BCCI


Former India skipper Rahul Dravid is the latest to get a ‘Conflict of Interest’ notice from the Board of Control for Cricket in India. BCCI’s Ethics Officer Justice (Retd) DK Jain received a complaint from Sanjeev Gupta, an MPCA life member, regarding Dravid’s conflicting roles.

Dravid currently heads Cricket Operations at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. According to the complaint, Dravid is conflicted as he’s also the vice-president of the India Cements group, which owns IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. In his defence, Dravid is expected to file a reply by August 16. He may also have to appear in court for a hearing if needed.

“Yes, I have sent a notice to Mr Rahul Dravid last week after receiving a complaint. He has been given two weeks to reply to the allegations of Conflict of Interest. Based on his reply, I will decide whether to proceed further or not,” Justice Jain said to PTI. 

This is not the first time Gupta has filed a complaint against former Indian cricketers. Earlier this year, he accused Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman of holding conflicting positions as Cricket Advisory Committee members and IPL team mentors. Both Tendulkar and Laxman denied any conflicts. Tendulkar even issued an affidavit stating he didn’t earn money from his Mumbai Indians’ role, and that he wouldn’t continue unless he receives proper Terms of Reference. On the other hand, Laxman offered to step down if there were indeed any conflicts in his role.

Ganguly slams BCCI

Another member of the CAC, Sourav Ganguly also received a notice for his roles as the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and mentor of the Delhi Capitals. The CAC eventually became defunct and a new one led by Kapil Dev was formed.

Responding to the allegations against Dravid, several cricketers including Ganguly took to Twitter and expressed their disappointment with the BCCI.

“New fashion in indian cricket …..conflict of interest ….Best way to remain in news …god help indian cricket”, Ganguly lashed out on Twitter.