Ganguly, Laxman’s roles

as TV commentators found in Conflict of Interest
DK Jain, the BCCI Ethics Officer, on Friday said that active or ex-players commentating on cricket could possibly be soon brought under the purview of Conflict of Interest (COI), in sync with the “one person, one post” ideology that forms the heart of Lodha reforms. The spotlight is currently on Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, who have been given two weeks to choose between their roles as TV commentators and as cricket managers in varying capacities.Ganguly was recently asked to explain his dual stint as the head of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and the advisor for Delhi Capitals, and now finds a third degree added to the equation in terms of commentary duties he’s undertaking for the 2019 World Cup. Ganguly, in addition to all these, is also a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).
Laxman, on the other hand, is also a CAC member and serves as a mentor for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League. Tendulkar was also found to be defaulting on conflict of issue, until he gave up his CAC role in favour of being the icon player for Mumbai Indians.
“In Sachin’s case, it (COI) did not arise as he withdrew from CAC. In these two cases (Ganguly and Laxman), I have given them options, they can decide. I have only said that they can hold one post of their choice,” Jain told PTI on Friday (June 21).“It is for them to decide how best they can serve the game of cricket. I have only interpreted the Lodha reforms for future guidance, I have not done anything extraordinary. The soul of Lodha committee recommendations is one person one post, I have just tried to bring it out in writing. Now it is for BCCI to enforce it.”Jain also talked about bringing active players into the COI playing field. Robin Uthappa and Irfan Pathan, for example, are among several others doing commentary for the ongoing World Cup in England and Wales.
“There may be some fallout. Based on this order, there could complaints against active players also. So they can apply their minds and be ready for that situation,” Jain said. “I have not barred anybody (from commentating), I have only decided what COI means as per the BCCI constitution. Rule 38 of the constitution bars one from holding of multiple posts at one point of time.