BCCI promises zero cover-up on Dhoni issue

By Arindam Basu, Kolkata, Jul 28 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Working Committee Sunday said that there would be no cover up in the probe into alleged conflict of interests issue between players and sports management and followed it up with a guideline that will henceforth guide cricketers involved in such activities, thus in effect extending a long rope to skipper M S Dhoni.

"I had said nothing will be swept under the carpet, even if it is Dhoni," Dalmiya said after the Board's Working committee meeting here and added "a lot of hue and cry had been created regarding M S Dhoni's involvement in a sports management company. But instead of harassing the players, the BCCI has taken some concrete steps."

"So in the best interests of the players, BCCI has decided to ask the players to declare their interests in Sports Management companies. If BCCI feels they are taking any wrong step then they intervene and help them rectify. Besides this, they have also drawn up a guideline to form the basic modus operandi for the players," he said.

Dhoni found himself in the middle of a controversy when it came to light that he had 15 per cent stake in Rhiti Sports, which also manages Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Pragyan Ojha, apart from him.

Regarding Pradip Sangwan's case on doping charges, he said that BCCI will follow the Anti-doping Code of the body. The WC however failed to resolve the tours and itinerary for New Zealand and South Africa and said that it will also have to take into consideration Asian cricket council engagements and host of other obligations before taking a final decision on the tour.

Quizzed on who will chair the IPL Governing Council meeting as Rajiv Shukla had resigned, he added: "He had resigned and it had not been accepted. So he will chair the meeting."

Regarding the BCCI's anti-corruption unit chief Ravi Sawani's report on the three tainted IPL cricketers from Rajasthan Royals, Dalmiya said that the report was incomplete as Ajit Chandila was still in judicial custody and hence he could not be interrogated.

Sawani is apparently on a holiday and will return after 10-days following which the case will be taken up.

The IPL was dealt a massive blow when a special cell of the Delhi police arrested India pacer S Sreesanth and his Rajasthan Royals teammates ‚Euro" Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan ‚Euro"for indulging in spot-fixing in at least three IPL matches as per arrangements with bookies who have underworld connections abroad.

--IBNS (Posted on 29-07-2013)

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