BCCI officials have confirmed they have taken note of MS Dhoni’s possible conflict of interest in connection to his alleged stake in the company that promotes him and at least three other Indian players. However, it is unlikely that the issue will be discussed formally before the next working committee meeting.
The Board’s functional head Jagmohan Dalmiya, however, said that he couldn’t comment on the issue till further details were ascertained. “I haven’t gone through the matter yet. Can’t comment until I have full knowledge of the facts,” Dalmiya told.
BCCI vice-president Niranjan Shah said: “As of now, all we have are media reports. We will discuss it in our next meeting. Dalmiya will decide when is the next meeting. First we have to find out if at all there’s a conflict of interest. If we are convinced, only then will we ask the them (the company) to submit the papers.”
However, Dalmiya has more pressing issues at the moment. At the top of the agenda list of the Indian cricket board is the appointment of the treasurer and secretary, posts that have fallen vacant following the resignation of Ajay Shirke and Sanjay Jagdale. “These appointments have to be made otherwise it will be difficult for the board to function,” a top BCCI official said. “The probe commission of which Jagdale was one of the three members also needs to be reconstituted.”
Dhoni could have a potential conflict of interest due to his involvement in Rhiti Sports, a sports management firm run by his friend Arun Pandey. The India captain reportedly held 15 per cent stake in the company which also manages Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Pragyan Ojha. Raina and Jadeja play for Chennai Super Kings, who are led by Dhoni.