BCCI may bar commentators from writing columns: Report

MUMBAI: Commentators empanelled by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) might soon be barred from writing columns if the Lodha’s Committee’s recommendations regarding conflict of interest come into effect, Times of India reports. 

Strangely, said diktat would not apply to Hindi commentators presently in contract with Star Sports, the report further notes.

For the record, English commentators who have syndicated columns include Sunil Gavaskar, Sanjay Manjrekar, Murali Kartik and Harsha Bhogle, while among those who write for non English publications are Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman.

“As per the Lodha Committee guidelines on conflict of interest, those employed with the BCCI can’t have another source of income. We’ve become very strict with conflict of interest issues – recently, a physiotherapist with the Indian women’s team had to quit her job because her brother is an official with a state association. The CoA will have a look at their contracts, but the final call on this issue will be taken by a Supreme Court-appointed Ombudsman, as and when he’s appointed by the apex court,” a top BCCI official was quoted as saying by TOI.

It bears noting that sports management agency PMG, in which Gavaskar is a co-promoter, recently discontinued representing cricketers within its player management unit after conflict of interest issues were raised by former member of the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators Ramachandra Guha at the time he resigned from the CoA in June.