BCCI receives complaint on Ganguly’s ‘advisory’ role with Delhi Capitals

NEW DELHI: The BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain has received complaints that Sourav Ganguly will be “conflicted” if he performs his role as Delhi Capitals’ advisor in an upcoming IPL encounter against KKR at the Eden Gardens on April 12.

Two West Bengal-based cricket fans, Ranjit Seal and Bhaswati Shantua in separate communications to Justice (Retd) D K Jain have questioned Ganguly’s role as an advisor of Delhi Capitals when he is still president of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

While Ganguly at the time of accepting the offer had claimed that he has taken permission from the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and there is no “Conflict of Interest”, both the fans have posed similar question to Jain, who is also the Ethics Officer of the board.

“I would also like to draw your kind attention that on 12th April, 2019 (inadvertently quoted 12th May, 2019 in my earlier e-mail), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) –vs- Delhi Capital Match will be played at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. KKR is the local franchisee (sic), who are closely associated with the Cricket Association of Bengal,” one of the complainants Seal, wrote in his letter, which is in possession of PTI.

“Sir, is it practically possible – in one hand CAB president is supporting the local franchisee (sic) to conduct the match administratively and in another way (on other hand), CAB President is sitting with the team officials of Delhi Capitals as an Advisor,” he further wrote.

While Ganguly was unavailable for a comment, a source close to the former India captain maintained that there is “absolutely no conflict of interest”.