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BCCI names former India captains in ‘conflict of interest’ list to SC

MUMBAI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has dropped the names of former India captains Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Ravi Shastri and Krishnamachari Srikkanth, along with Lalchand Rajput and Venkatesh Prasad, in a conflict of interest list submitted to the Supreme Court about Indian Premier League (IPL) and Champions League T20.

A special bench had asked the BCCI to submit a list of administrators and players having commercial interest in the two tournaments. The bench had also slammed the BCCI for involving officials and players in ‘conflict of interest’.

“For the purity of the game, if conflict of interest has to go, it will go. Heavens will not fall if administrators don’t own teams. If the team goes, projects will not fall. Apart from CSK, is there any other team which is run by an administrator and why? Give us a list of all contracts which will fall because of striking down Rule 6.2.4,” the SC judges said.

The judges have asked the BCCI to justify the controversial Clause 6.2.4 that allowed BCCI officials to own a franchise while being an official of the board. Rule 6.2.4 of the IPL prohibits BCCI officials from having commercial interests in events organised by the board.