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No conflict of interest in Shastri-Kohli IPTL partnership: Anurag Thakur

When the Virat Kohli-co-owned UAE Royals, an International Tennis Premier League franchise announced India's Team Director Ravi Shastri as its team's advisor, it threw up a conflict of interest debate.

BCCI president Shashank Manohar (left) with Secretary Anurag Thakur. Pic/Atul Kamble
BCCI president Shashank Manohar (left) with Secretary Anurag Thakur. Pic/Atul Kamble

However, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretary Anurag Thakur did not see any conflict of interest in Kohli and Shastri joining hands for the IPTL.

"There is no conflict of issue in this. It is a completely different sport," Thakur told mid-day on the sidelines of the BCCI's Special General Meeting.

Yesterday, the new BCCI chief Shashank Manohar announced plans to tackle the conflict of interest issues. Although he did not refer to this one concerning Shastri and Kohli, Manohar said: "The Board will frame regulations with regards to conflict of interest of administrators, players and their staff.

"That would be done within a month's time, and the Board would also appoint an ombudsman or an ethics officer who would be independent of this Board and who would look into the complaints with regards to conflict of interest."

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