BCCI Backs Sourav, Ombudsman Asks Ganguly To Explain DC Role

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New Delhi: BCCI Ombudsman Justice D K Jain has sought a written submission from Sourav Ganguly after Saturday’s hearing, even as the Board put its weight firmly behind the former India skipper in the alleged conflict of interest case.

Three Bengal-based cricket fans — Bhaswati Shantua, Abhijeet Mukherjee and Ranjit Seal — had alleged that Ganguly’s duty as Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president is in direct conflict with his dual role as an advisor of IPL franchise Delhi Capitals as well as Cricket Advisory Committee member.

The BCCI termed that the former India captain’s alleged conflict of interest comes under the ‘tractable category’ which could be sorted without much fuss and with “full disclosure”.
According to the BCCI’s constitution clause 38 (3) (a): “Tractable conflicts are those that are resolvable or permissible or excusable through recusal of the individual concerned and – or – with full disclosure of the interest involved.” It is learnt that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) does not want Ganguly to be penalised if he makes “full disclosure”.

In his deposition, Ganguly said that he is working in a voluntary role with the IPL franchise. “Sourav, in his verbal submission, told the Ombudsman that he is not taking a single penny as DC advisor even though his name is there in the Team Officials’ list,” a source said.