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No conflict of interest undertaking to usher in transparency, says BCCI prez

MUMBAI: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya has asserted that the ‘no conflict of interest’ exercise initiated by the board among its members is aimed at bringing transparency in cricket administration.

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has sent out letters to all its members to declare that they don’t have any ‘conflict of interest’ while they are discharging their duty as officials of the board or any state association.

The BCCI president’s assertion comes in the wake of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha committee suspending Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals from the IPL for two years.

The BCCI has been facing several conflict of interest cases, with the former BCCI president N Srinivasan’s ownership of CSK being the most blatant one. While being a BCCI official, Srinivasan has also been the owner of the Chennai franchise. He is currently serving as the chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC).

“The purpose of declaration of interest is to reaffirm the principle of transparency and that the members address every issue of financial dealings of the BCCI without any personal or financial interest directly or indirectly, which may be seen to be vested interest or an obstacle to just and bona fide acts in the interest of the game,” Dalmiya said in a press statement.

“I personally feel that the concept of appropriate declarations not merely by BCCI officials but also of the State Associations must be revived in larger interests of transparency, evenhandedness and impartiality. This would ensure that the reputation and integrity of the board are secured,” said Dalmiya.

Dalmiya also said that the BCCI had initiated a similar process in 2005 to “ensure that administrators and officials refrain from anything that could be harmful to BCCI’s aims and objectives”.

“The BCCI is concerned and determined to safeguard its integrity. Therefore, an introduction of a comprehensive code of conduct/ethics by BCCI that determines and defines the most important core values for behavior and conduct within BCCI as well as with external parties to ensure that administrators and officials are aware of the importance of their duties and associated obligations and responsibilities could also be a possibility in the near future,” added Dalmiya.