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BCCI initiates preparation of Code of Ethics; Virat Kohli fine with decision

New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said yesterday that it had initiated a process of preparing a comprehensive Code of Ethics in addition to the 'Conflict of Interest' declarations.

BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya
BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya 

"BCCI is concerned and determined to safeguard its integrity. The Code of Ethics when formed would define important core values for behaviour and conduct within the BCCI. It would be a good way of ensuring that administrators and officials refrain from anything that could be harmful to BCCI's aims and objectives," BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said in a statement.

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said: "The code would describe the minimum requirements for conduct and behavioural expectations. To ensure transparency, BCCI would get the draft ethics code vetted and finalised by an eminent senior lawyer with impeccable credibility and reputation."

The BCCI has also decided to put a Player Agent Accreditation System in place. "In order to make the structure thorough enough and to ensure that player agents are bound by the set of laws and the code of conduct, a thorough and extensive Player Agent Accreditation System would be in place soon," Dalmiya said.

Meanwhile, Indian Test captain Virat Kohli said that he is absolutely "fine" with the BCCI introducing a 'Code of Ethics', which will also require the players to declare that there is 'No Conflict of Interest'.

Recently, there were reports that a slew of players are lining up to sign with 'Cornerstone' which manages Kohli. Cornerstone later clarified that Kohli only happens to be their client and not a stakeholder in their company.

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