Ganguly Embroiled In Conflict Of Interest

By Dhanu Delphi on July 8, 2020

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has his hands full as he tries to get Indian cricket back up and running. The most pressing priority for Ganguly and his board is to see if they can reschedule the IPL; the BCCI stands to lose millions of dollars if the T20 tournament does not take place.

However, Ganguly has had to deal with conflict of interest allegations made against him. The BCCI President is a brand ambassador for JSW Cement (Jindal Steel Works). JSW is the parent company of JSW Sports who along with the GMR Group own the Delhi Capitals – the IPL Franchise.

Ganguly Says No Conflict Of Interest 

The conflict of interests appears very simple to the common man. Ganguly has ties to the parent company and they pay him to be a brand ambassador. It can also be a way for the JSW to official transfer funds to Ganguly in exchange for special favours to the Delhi Capitals and its players.

However, Ganguly does not see it this way and claims there is no conflict of interest as he works for JSW and has no ties with JSW Sports. Ganguly claims that he cannot influence anything for JSW Sports, since he is not their brand ambassador. He claimed that if he had any ties to JSW Sports, it would be a conflict of interest.

The BCCI Constitution does have guidelines when it comes to a conflict of interest and based on the hypothesis from those statements, it appears that Ganguly is in clear conflict of interest. The Constitution states that when the BCCI, IPL, Franchise or board member enters into an agreement with a corporation where their relative, close associate or partner who are in positions that could or appear to compromise an individual’s performance it can be deemed as a conflict of interest.

The BCCI President appears blind to this part of the constitution as he feels there are no such ties to JSW Sports. However, Parth Jindal who is the MD of JSW also serves as the chairman of JSW GMR Cricket Pvt Ltd and plays an important role in the management of the Delhi Capitals franchise.

Ganguly resigned from his post as Delhi Capitals mentor prior to taking up the role of BCCI President. He has, however, continued to associate with cricket brands including My11Circle, a DFS operator.