The BCCI Ombudsman, Justice (retired) DK Jain, has received two complaints that there will be a conflict of interest if Sourav Ganguly performs his role as Delhi Capitals’ adviser in the upcoming IPL encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens on April 12.
Two Bengal-based cricket fans, Ranjit Seal and Bhaswati Shantua, in separate communications to Justice Jain has questioned Sourav’s role as an adviser of Delhi Capitals while he is still the president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).
While Sourav at the time of accepting the offer had made it clear that he has sought permission from the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and there was no “conflict of interest”, both the fans have posed similar questions to Jain, who is also the Ethics Officer of the Board.
“I would also like to draw your kind attention that on 12th April, 2019, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals match will be played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. KKR is the local franchisee (sic), who are closely associated with the Cricket Association of Bengal,” one of the complainants Seal, wrote in his letter.
“Sir, is it practically possible — in one hand CAB president is supporting the local franchisee (sic) to conduct the match administratively and in another way (on other hand), CAB president is sitting with the team officials of Delhi Capitals as an adviser,” he further wrote.
CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya said: “Prima facie, there is no conflict of interest. Before taking up the role of adviser to the Delhi Capitals, Sourav Ganguly must have consulted his lawyers. Moreover, he has relinquished his position from the IPL governing council. I do not see any problem in Sourav sitting in the Capitals dug out on April 12.”
Earlier Sourav had dismissed all talk of conflict of interest after his appointment as Delhi Capitals adviser.
“The franchise had contacted me about two months back… But I was not sure if I would take up the role as I was in multiple BCCI committees. But I have pulled myself out of all such committees. So there’s no conflict of interest there.”