MUMBAI: The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA), tasked with the responsibility of running the affairs of the Indian cricket board (BCCI), are preparing to question two India legends for playing multiple roles.
The present-day responsibilities of Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly -both former India captains and distinguished cricketers with illustrious careers-are being looked upon as exceedingly conflicted.
Dravid happens to be a mentor with Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils while also being the India Under-19 and India `A' coach. Ganguly is the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (not eligible under the new reforms), chairman of the BCCI's technical committee, member of the IPL governing council and despite all of this, being business partners with an IPL franchise owner albeit in a different sport.
These are matters that have come up for deliberations in the past. Dravid's dual responsibilities weren't questioned while Ganguly was given the green signal to continue in all the above mentioned capacities when current International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Shashank Manohar was BCCI president.
The COA, nevertheless, believes this issue needs a re-look.
Dravid, for the record, is still on board with the Daredevils ahead of the 2017 IPL season that's already been set in motion. Ganguly's case -heard by the ombudsman last year -was seen as "not conflicted".
On Tuesday, the BCCI sacked 12 of their employees, working from the Board's offices in Delhi and Pune -the Indian team's media manager included -as they were hired by the former president and secretary of the BCCI Anurag Thakur and Ajay Shirke respectively .
With Thakur and Shirke gone, the Board -with COA's backing -found wisdom in doing away with these individuals because of a serious threat of conflict. The same philosophy is like to be pursued even if it involves some of the biggest names in Indian cricket.