On the complaints filed by Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) managing committee member Nadim Menon for Conflict of Interest the BCCI ombudsman, Retd Justice A.P. Shah ordered, restricting Ex- India batsman Pradeep Amre. The order further cleared Ex-India Captain Dilip Vengsarkar.
In the complaint, it was alleged that both of these players were violating the newly implement BCCI’s Conflict of Interest Policy under the category of retired cricketers as per BCCI.tv, which stipulates that: -
2. CRICKETERS – RETIRED
A. Cricketers on the payroll of the BCCI or holding contracts with BCCI shall not be on any BCCI Committees including the IPL GC.
B. Cricketers considered for appointment as a Match Referee, Coach of Indian teams or a National Selector should have retired from all forms of cricket.
C. Cricketers appointed, as Coaches of Indian Teams or National Selectors shall not be associated with any private coaching academies during their tenure.
D. Cricketers appointed as the Coaches of Indian Teams or National Selectors shall not be associated in any form with a Player Management Company or a Player Agent either Honorary or Paid.
E. Cricketers appointed, as the Coaches of the Indian Teams or National Selectors shall not have any contract with Print or Electronic media during their tenure. They cannot write columns.
F. Cricketers on the Managing Committee of an Affiliated Unit of BCCI shall not be considered for appointment as a National Selector.
Pradeep Amre was found in contravention to the rules of the conflict of Interest policy by holding dual posts as an assistant coach of the IPL’s Delhi Daredevils as well as an administrator with a BCCI affiliated unit. It was further alleged in the complaint that the position of Dilip Vengsarkar is also in contravention of the said rules. The accusation was found to be arbitrary as Vengsarkar runs a private cricket academy and is neither involved with the selection process nor is a coach with any of the BCCI affiliated organizations.
The ombudsman in his order with regards to Pradeep Amre directed the BCCI to complete their due diligence and not to commit such errors in the future.