Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman were served ‘conflict of interest’ notices by BCCI ombudsman DK Jain for serving as mentors of Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively, as well as being members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). It is the third case of conflict of interest being filed after Sourav Ganguly, the Delhi Capitals mentor, the CAB president and a CAC member, had to appear before Jain to explain his multiple roles in multiple organisations.
The complaint was filed by Sanjeev Gupta, a member of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA). Both Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman are asked to file written responses to the allegations by April 28. A failure to do so will not leave them with a chance to explain their position on the matter afterwards.
As per the notice to Tendulkar and Laxman, Justice Jain wrote:
“A complaint has been received by the Ethics Officer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (for short “the BCCI”) under Article 39 of the Rules and Regulations of the BCCI, regarding certain acts, allegedly constituting as ‘conflict of interest’ on your part. You may file your written response to the accompanying Complaint, supported by duly executed affidavit, on or before 28th April 2019, with the Office of the Ethics Officer, BCCI, Mumbai for further proceedings in the matter. A copy of this Notice is also being sent to the BCCI, to enable it to file its response to the accompanying complaint, in writing on or before 28th April 2019 before the Ethics Officer.”
However, sachin has no financial contract with the Mumbai-based franchise, and in-fact all three are voluntarily part of the Cricket Advisory Committee. Tendulkar doesn’t take a single penny either from Mumbai Indians or BCCI. He is just doing voluntary service for both organisations. Tendulkar, Laxman and Ganguly were all part of CAC that picked Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the national team in July 2017.