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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