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BCCI president Sourav Ganguly sees no conflict in endorsing IPL sponsor’s rival company

Apart from the issue of promoting such a venture as BCCI president, it was also the case of ambush marketing as Dream11 is an official partner with the board-run Indian Premier League and Ganguly was tweeting about a rival company.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: November 12, 2019 8:50:28 am
Sourav ganguly, bcci president sourav ganguly, IPL, Dream 11, My11Circle, BCCi chief, cricket news, indian cricket board, Indian Express Ganguly did commentary for the 2019 World Cup games held in England and chaired a post at the CAB before being elected as chief of the BCCI. (Screenshot of the website)

Sourav Ganguly has once again landed himself in the conflict-of-interest issue after his tweet on My11circle, a fantasy cricket league which gives a chance to its users to win a cash reward for predicting the best playing eleven for a given match.

On November 8, Ganguly, who is the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI),tweeted: “The #INDvsBAN series is on fire! The excitement continues in the 3rd match with series levelled. Will #TeamIndia keep up the winning streak or will Bangladesh bounce back? Beat my team on @My11Cirlce & Win Big. Make Your Team Now!”

Apart from the issue of promoting such a venture as BCCI president, it was also the case of ambush marketing as Dream11 is an official partner with the board-run Indian Premier League and Ganguly was tweeting about a rival company. However, the former Indian captain doesn’t see any conflict in it.

“I don’t think there is any conflict in it, it’s my personal thing. Had I tweeted about Dream 11, it would have come under conflict of interest. I don’t see any conflict in that tweet,” he said outside the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.

As per the website, Ganguly continues to promote  My11circle. The website states, “As you put the team together, you also win big cash prizes as the game unfolds in its true glory.” Ganguly has previously had issues with the conflict-of-interest clause. Indian board Ethics officer DK Jain had even asked Ganguly to choose one post at a time.

Stressing on the “one person, one position” principle, Jain had ruled that Ganguly, who is the Delhi Capitals mentor, Cricket Advisory Committee member, Star Sports commentator and Cricket Association of Bengal chief, should don only one role.

Ganguly did commentary for the 2019 World Cup games held in England and chaired a post at the CAB before being elected as chief of the BCCI.

Ganguly found some relief after the outgoing Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) suggested the much-debated ‘conflict of interest’ clause in the new BCCI constitution be amended as it was “proving counter-effective and disproportionately restrictive to players — both current as well as former”. Players will, however, have to make full disclosures at the outset, after which relaxations can be granted and they may be allowed to hold multiple posts.

The Supreme Court is yet gives its view on the status report filed and the matter is under consideration. On the day he was elected as BCCI president, Ganguly too had urged to relook conflict of interest clause.

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