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BCCI’s panel of commentators which includes former Test captain Sunil Gavaskar will reportedly have to sign an undertaking stating they do not have any ‘Conflict of Interest’. This directive comes as per the recommendations of the Lodha Panel. The names Sunil Gavaskar, Sanjay Manjrekar, Murali Kartik and Harsha Bhogle have been enlisted by the BCCI, as per reports. However, there is no official word from the BCCI.
Addressing the media Diana Edulji said, “We have discussed the names but it has not been finalised. We need to look into the Conflict of Interest rules properly. We still don’t know who’s having what interest. The BCCI does not want to take any chances. The Lodha Panel reforms
However, a source, in the BCCI, on conditions of anonymity revealed to the PTI that the BCCI does not want to take any chances. “The Lodha Panel reforms states clearly that one needs to ensure that anyone associated with the BCCI does not have any Conflict of Interest. We must remember that former COA member Ramchandra Guha, in his resignation letter, had referred to Gavaskar’s involvement with Professional Management Group.”
It may be recalled that earlier, Ramchandra Guha in a scathing letter had written, “Sunil Gavaskar is head of a company, which represents Indian cricketers while commenting 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.”
Gavaskar who dismissed it and said that it was disappointing that his integrity and contribution to Indian cricket was being doubted.