How about Dhoni’s Conflict of Interest? BCCI gets a complaint: T20 World Cup

9th September 2021

9th September 2021

The appointment of former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as mentor for the upcoming T20 World Cup has landed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on a sticky wicket. It has received a complaint against the move, referring to the Conflict of Interest (CoI) clause in the Lodha Committee reforms.

Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta sent a letter to the BCCI apex council mentioning that MS Dhoni’s appointment as a mentor violates the CoI clause, under which an individual cannot hold two posts. Gupta questioned as to how can the reigning captain of Chennai Super Kings (IPL franchise) also be the mentor of Team India? 

“Yes, Gupta has sent a letter to apex council members including Sourav (Ganguly) and Jay (Shah). He has cited clause 38 (4) of the BCCI constitution which loosely states that one person cannot be holding two separate posts. The Apex Council will need to consult its legal team to check the ramifications,” a BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

A report also mentioned another source that said “...the BCCI constitution does not permit an active cricketer to take up a position in the national team. Dhoni is still involved as Chennai Super Kings skipper and will be playing in the IPL in Dubai. How can he be given a long rope like this?”

“A similar case had happened with 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh. Yuvraj had to announce his retirement to be allowed to play in the Global T20 League in Canada a few years back. Further, the BCCI guidelines also have a five year cooling period for retired players wanting to take up a coaching role or becoming part of support staff. This helped in a smooth transition from one coach to the other. But that rule also seems to have been flouted here,” it added further. 

Dhoni was named mentor for WT20 by secretary Jay Shah after the team for the upcoming T20 world cup was announced.


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