Sunil Gavaskar in direct conflict, says Ramachandra Guha in resignation letter

Pointing to the example of Gavaskar, whose commentary duties are in direct conflict with his other role as head of a player management firm, Guha said despite his repeated warnings, no action has been initiated for several months.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 2, 2017 4:42 pm
Ramachandra Guha, Ramachandra Guha resignation letter, Guha resignation letter, Supreme Court, BCCI, Sunil Gavaskar Ramachandra Guha had added in the mail, that taking prompt and swift action was both just and necessary.

Ramchandra Guha who resigned as a member of the COA, has said in the letter to Vinod Rai that the body’s failure in stemming instances of conflict of interest – namely former players like Sunil Gavaskar – is a major point of divergence with the rest of the members. Pointing to the example of Gavaskar, whose commentary duties are in direct conflict with his other role as head of a player management firm, Guha said despite his repeated warnings, no action has been initiated for several months.

“I have also repeatedly pointed to the anomaly where BCCI-contracted commentators simultaneously act as player-agents,” he wrote in the letter to Vinod Rai. Quoting from a media report, Guha had written: “Sunil Gavaskar is head of a company which represents Indian cricketers while commentating on those cricketers as part of the BCCI TV commentary panel. This is a clear conflict of interest. Either he must step down/ withdraw himself from PMG completely or stop being a commentator for BCCI,” the mail had stated.

Guha had added in the mail, that taking prompt and swift action was both just and necessary. “COA’s credibility and effectiveness hinges on our being able to take bold and correct decisions on such matters. The ‘superstar’ culture that afflicts BCCI means that the more famous the player (former or present) the more leeway he is allowed in violating norms and procedures,” he had written.

Guha stressed that one reason the issue had lingered was because several of the game’s ‘superstars’ had been guilty of it. “The BCCI management is in too much awe of these superstars to question their violation of norms and procedures,” he added in the letter to Rai. Explaining the workings of this faulty system for years, Guha wrote, “For their part, the BCCI office-bearers like to enjoy discretionary powers, so that the coaches and commentators they favour are indebted to them and do not ever question their own malpractices and mistakes. But surely a Supreme Court appointed body should not be intimidated by the past or present achievements of a cricketer, and instead seek to strive to be fair and just.”

Guha added that the problem trickled down further into the state associations. “One famous former cricketer is contracted by media houses to comment on active players while serving as President of his state association,” he added, while citing other instances of players serving as office-bearers in one association and as coaches or managers in another. Guha reckoned that had the COA been more proactive in stopping this conflict of interest, it could have had the ripple effect downwards putting pressure on the state associations.

Ramachandra Guha Resignation Letter to Shri Vinod Rai by The Indian Express on Scribd

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    Izzat
    Jun 4, 2017 at 9:25 am
    If Gavasker's integrity can't be questioned so also that of Guha.
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    rajan kapoor
    Jun 3, 2017 at 8:41 am
    gavaskar is looting bcci khazana, he is Lallu Prasad Yadav of Maharastra
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    rajan kapoor
    Jun 3, 2017 at 8:39 am
    gavaskar , shastri and sanjay manjrekar should be sacked Mrathi mafia
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    kulaputra kulaputra
    Jun 3, 2017 at 7:21 am
    Ramachandra Guha has done the right thing. When you bring in an auditor as the head of a committee, expecting proactive action is foolhardy. Auditors specialise in dissecting the past rather than planning the future. Given that Montek would have been a better choice ! choice of Javagal Srinath would be an excellent one as one more member. Inaction on part of COA is equal to complicity. Supreme court (who should not have entered the picture in the first case) - kindly wake up
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    Shahabuddin Nadeem
    Jun 3, 2017 at 6:46 am
    FACTS that Guha has highlighted about "CONFLICT of INTEREST" are impeccable and that plague the BCCI, that still seems to be full of Cabals and Coteries! Sunil Gavaskar retired from cricket in 1988 and it is now 29 years since he retired and he ( along with that other permanent Fixture with the BCCI from Mumbai- Shastry!) still CALLS the SHOTS in BCCI and does not allow the subsequent top rung players like Kapil Dev, Mohinder Amarnath and others to come even near ANY SEAT of importance inside BCCI /IPL- its Shear Monopoly through "COTERIE like ARRANGEMENTS between various vested interests based on"I scratch your Back& you scratch mine,which was the reason why the Supreme Court had to interfere in the first place, to CLEAN UP the STINKING AUGEAN STABLES hidden inside this ORGANISATION of a NETWORK of conniving VESTED INTERESTS! And,going by Guha's lamentations,it now appears that even CoA is finding it difficult to CLEAN up all the AUGEAN STABLES&it needs many more DAVIDS to do so
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    popatjan
    Jun 3, 2017 at 2:49 am
    rightly pointed out by R GUHA that the BCCI office-bearers like to enjoy discretionary powers, so that the coaches and commentators they favour are indebted to them and do not ever question their own malpractices and mistakes. That points out a very sorry state of affairs
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    Balasubramanya Baglodi
    Jun 2, 2017 at 3:47 pm
    It is next to impossible to clean BCCI where huge money is naturally attracting corrupt politicians who are meant for looting the resources in the name of democracy. Even our highest court could not do anything and looting is continuing without any hesitation.
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