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    April 06, 2009

    Hardly breaking news - Sunil Gavaskar faces conflict of interest situation yet again

    An English newspaper editor once wrote about Sunil Gavaskar - "He has an inability to realize a conflict of interest even when it stared at him in the face". He keeps proving it right every now and then.

    In early 2007, he and Ricky Ponting had a slanging match when Gavaskar commented on Australia's behaviour and in response Ponting pointed out that Gavaskar had no business talking of behaviour when he had famously dragged along Chetan Chauhan after being given out lbw off Lillee at the MCG in 1980.

    Then last year he alleged at race being involved in Mike Procter's decision to ban Harbhajan for 3 tests after the events at Sydney. David Morgan, the then President-elect of the ICC, expressed concern over the conflict of interest (Gavaskar was ICC Cricket Committee chairman & cricket columnist/commentator). A couple of months later, there were rumours that Gavaskar would be asked to choose from one of his roles and in April of 2008, he resigned from his role as chairman of the ICC's Cricket Committee.

    In a column published last weekend, he rubbished John Buchanan's idea of having multiple captains by wondering aloud why people even bothered listening to him. He pointed out that Buchanan had successfully got roles within the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) support staff for a lot of Queensland friends. He also generally rubbished Buchanan's coaching skills, qualifications & achievements.

    Sunil Gavaskar is a member of the IPL's Governing Council. Thus, he really has no business passing judgement on the strategies and plans proposed or adopted by any of the teams that are playing in the tournament. If he isn't on the governing council, he is well justified in criticizing (or applauding) what the various teams do (or don't do). But since he is, surely it is a huge conflict of interest. If there was some decision that the IPL Governing Council needed to make regarding something related to KKR, that team would be be perfectly justified in demanding that Sunny recused himself from the proceedings.

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    Gavaskar is just an old fart who doesn't want to keep in pace with the changing times. The fact that he took the best part of 60 overs to score 36 in the first WC match ever tells you everything you need to know about him. BTW, as far as my memory serves me, he took somewhere around 110-150 balls to score that! Jeez, even I can surpass that in about 10 balls in street cricket!

    By Blogger Cricket Tragic (07-Apr-2009, 10:14:00 PM)  

    Cricket Tragic: I'm not so sure about that. He's on the IPL governing council, so clearly he has kept pace. Scoring 36 in 100-odd balls was, apparently, him registering his protest about something. I'm not saying it's right - clearly it was ridiculously self-centred. Also keep in mind that a strike rate of 36 may not have been too far off the average strike rate. My main problem is the very obvious conflict of interest, and it keeps surfacing every now and then. So clearly he has a problem!

    By Blogger Jagadish (08-Apr-2009, 12:50:00 AM)  

    whatever people say...he deserves to be there..
    because of his experience and he served lots of years of his life to cricket.
    To score 36 out of so many an instance and instances happens in circumstances..
    but we should look at his whole career and i think the most important thing in cricket
    is consistency in your performance and he kept it..
    that's why after retiring from cricket he is still in news and working as governing
    council of IPL. He has also been part of ICC board..

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