Source : The Times of India, Last updated : 2 Dec 2019,8:37 am

No ex-player wants to work on honorary basis: Sourav Ganguly

No ex-player wants to work on honorary basis: Sourav Ganguly
MUMBAI: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, on Sunday, admitted that thanks to Clause 38 in the BCCI constitution, none of the ex-cricketers across the country are willing to serve the Board on an honorary basis.

When the Supreme Court had first started hearing the matter related to BCCI in 2015-16, a prominent concern raised before the bench was that ex-cricketers weren't a part of the administration. The present dispensation of the BCCI, led by Ganguly, believes it is the clause inserted by the SC-appointed administrators that is now working against the idea of involving ex-cricketers.

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"The rule (on conflict) just doesn't make any sense. It has to go. I've said this earlier too," Ganguly said after the AGM.

To cite an example: If a national selector's relative - nephew, for instance - is playing for the Indian team, the selector's position will be seen as conflicted. But what if the selector's friend's son - who is probably closer to him than the nephew - is playing for the Indian team? How can one assume there won't be any conflict?

Ganguly simply shrugged and shook his head when asked if the term 'conflict' could be defined - just the way, in cricket, 'the spirit of the game' cannot be underlined or spelt out.

A notable fallout of a clause like this one (38) is that the BCCI has been unable to appoint the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). None of the ex-cricketers are willing to come forward to be part of a committee that will have no role to play over the next two years barring the appointment of selectors.

"The CAC doesn't have much work. We keep talking about CAC, but job of the CAC is to appoint the selectors and coach. So, once you appoint a selection committee, it stays for four years and once you appoint a coach, it stays for three years. So, where is the need of having a full-time CAC?" Ganguly said.

However, the former India captain did not say that the CAC will not be formed.

"Let's wait for a few days," he said. There are those who believe he, and other members of the BCCI, are first waiting to see what the SC will have to say on the proposed recommendations.

"We will form the CAC. We met the ethics Officer DK Jain yesterday over the conflict of interest issue. We don't want to appoint someone and then see the appointment get cancelled, like it happened with us (Sourav, Sachin & VVS). So we need to get proper clarity from him (Jain) on what is conflict and what is not conflict," Ganguly said.

Making the CAC a paid committee will also not work, according to Ganguly. "Even if you pay, you pay on what basis? There is no regular work," he added.
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