Empanelled BCCI commentators may have to sign no conflict undertakings

NEW DELHI: Those enisted on BCCI's panel of commentators will likely have to sign an undertaking that they don't have any 'conflict of interest' as per the recommendations by the Lodha Panel.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar, Sanjay Manjrekar, Murali Kartik and Harsha Bhogle, who is returning after a fall out with the BCCI post World T20 in 2016, have reportedly been short listed. 

The BCCI has however not officially named the quartet. Committee of Administrators member Diana Edulji told reporters here after a meeting of the CoA and board representatives that all the issues pertaining to 'conflict of interest' is being looked into. 

"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," Edulji said.

A senior official told PTI that all names have been finalised but the four enlisted commentators will need to sign an undertaking. It will primarily ask them to declare that they do not have any relationship with any players' management firm. 

"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," the BCCI official told PTI.