The moment it emerged on Sunday evening that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would be including Ravi Shastri in the list of the three-member panel to be submitted to the Supreme Court to probe the IPL-6 spot-fixing scandal, eyebrows were raised.
BCCI interim president Shivlal Yadav at the Cricket Centre on Sunday. Pic/Bipin Kokate
It wasn't difficult to figure out that Shastri's inclusion would lead to yet another debate about conflict of interest — after all he is on the pay-rolls of the Board.
And even before the proposal has been submitted to the apex court, it has emerged that another member of the probe panel: Justice JN Patel is a brother-in-law of BCCI's stand-in president Shivlal Yadav. Justice Patel confirmed to CNN-IBN that he and Yadav are 'brothers-in-law'.
What's more, according to espncricinfo.com the third member of the proposed panel, RK Raghavan is the secretary of a club in Tamil Nadu, the association that BCCI's sidelined president N Srinivasan represents. Raghavan also has voting rights in the TNCA.
Come clean, says Pawar
Meanwhile, Sharad Pawar, a former president of the Board has joined issue, saying that the Board should come clean on this issue.
"I think Patel should definitely disclose if he is related to Shivlal Yadav. If not, then BCCI should clarify and should not allow these types of discussions," Pawar told PTI yesterday.
About Shastri he said: "I have no reservations about Shastri's integrity. But definitely, anybody can raise the issue of conflict of interest. And that is why, a sensible person will try to keep away from this."
1. In 2008, N Srinivasan, the then secretary of BCCI, was allowed to own an Indian Premier League team — Chennai Super Kings.
2. India captain MS Dhoni is vice-president of India Cements, a firm spearheaded by sidelined BCCI president
3. K Srikkanth was appointed chief selector in Sept 2008, but was also brand ambassador of Chennai Super Kings whose team members were available for India selection
4. In 2011, Anil Kumble was president of Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) while heading Tenvic, a company which managed young players including those from RCB