Under BCCI’s rules, I was absolutely not under a conflict of interest: Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid said that if the rules had been changed midway through the contract, then it was unfair to criticise him for breaking the rules or twisting the rules to suit his convenience

Updated: June 10, 2017 1:21 am
Rahul Dravid, BCCI, cricket news, indian express Ramachandra Guha had pointed out that a national coaching in charge of the U-19 side and an IPL team was a case of conflict of interest. File

After COA member Ramachandra Guha’s had brought up issues of conflict of interest in his resignation letter, former Indian opener Rahul Dravid has written to the COA explaining his stance.

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Dravid said, “Yes, I have written to the CoA explaining my position and explaining the background against which this perceived conflict of interest has happened,”. “By the BCCI’s conflict of interest rules, I was absolutely not under a conflict of interest. If the rules have changed midway through the contract, then I think it is unfair to criticise me for breaking the rules or twisting the rules to suit my convenience.

“My simple point is that, not only me but there are five or six of us who are in the same position. There needs to be clarity. If there is clarity, we will be in a position to take an informed decision. It is disappointing the way this got played out in the public without much understanding of the background.”

Meanwhile, a BCCI official spoke to ESPNcricinfo and said, “It’s not that this has suddenly cropped up today. Nobody is against resolving any of these issues.”

“You have to do it in a holistic manner and that’s a work in progress. And certain things have a certain process. You will have to figure out what the right framework is. It is not a situation-specific thing. You need to develop a framework that addresses conflict based on principles.”

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    kulaputra kulaputra
    Jun 10, 2017 at 5:26 am
    Rahul Dravid is the epitome of correctness in everything that is done. He refused an honorary doctorate from Bangalore University saying he would rather earn it. He is a gentleman and a scholar. To accuse him of "known" conflict of interest is absurd. Ramachandra Guha is well advised to see a shrink to get his facts right.
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    N S
    Jun 9, 2017 at 9:16 pm
    Hi Rahul, Please stop reacting to the rantings of an avowed "intellectual". If you read his Press Release cogently you could discern inconsistencies and conclusions based on frivilous and perverse logic. He is jumping ship at the most inappopriate time when he should absolute solidarity with his COA colleagues when Indian Team is the defending champion in a tournament second in importance only to World Cup. He wants to beat his chest as the only person of absolute integrity. Rahul, your contribution to the cause of future of Indian Cricket can be appreciated only by those who are contemporary in their observations and NOT by a Historian. Intellectual purging is no subs ute for an in-depth understanding of a complex Ins ution like BCCI. But some always are happy "seeing the gl half empty rather than seeing it as half full". Rahul, genuine Cricket Lovers appeal to you to ignore those who "pretend to sleep"