Former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid has been given two weeks to reply on the allegations levelled against him by Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association member Sanjay Gupta that Dravid is allegedly conflicted as he is the current National Cricket Academy (NCA) director and vice-president of India Cements Group, which owns Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings.
A top-source in the BCCI told Republic TV that Rahul Dravid will give up his position as vice president of India Cements and will stay as Head of National Cricket Academy if he fails to convince the ethics officer "his non-involvement in any conflict", BCCI top sources confirm Republic TV.
Gupta had earlier filed a similar conflict of interest complaints against former cricketers VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar for their roles as Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members and mentors of IPL franchises Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians respectively.
Tendulkar and Laxman made lengthy depositions before Jain on their case and denied having any conflict while offering to step down from CAC if proved otherwise. Ganguly has also been at the receiving end of the conflict of interest notices for being the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president as well as the mentor for IPL franchise Delhi Capitals.
Ganguly, too, said there is no conflict of interest in his roles as alleged by three cricket fans.
The BCCI ethics officer, Justice (Retd) DK Jain, issued the notice to Dravid on conflict of interest allegations made by Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association member Sanjay Gupta.
The former Indian skipper took to Twitter to express his disappointment with the BCCI for issuing a conflict of interest notice to Rahul Dravid. Read Ganguly's tweet here:
Supporting his former captain, former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh said that he did not anyone better for Indian cricket than Rahul Dravid and said that it was an insult to a legend of the game by sending notices as such. He said that cricket needed the services of the legend for its betterment and concluded his tweet by saying 'god save cricket'.
Read his tweet here: