A Muddied Pitch – Indian Cricket’s Conflict of Interest Problem

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Posted on: August 29, 2019

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There is a history to why conflict of interest has a strongly pejorative tone in Indian cricket. In fact, command and control was at the centre of the former BCCI dispensation with intertwined interests written into its core. As the public nature of BCCI’s role was judicially recognised by the Lodha Committee and the Supreme Court of India, transparency and fairness demanded that the issue had to be addressed in the reform process. This was important not only for the appearance of propriety but for propriety itself. However, the urge to address historical baggage and close all perceived ‘loopholes’ has caused a degree of overcompensation in rule-making that leaves little room to factor in context, which is an essential component to identify and address conflicts of interest.
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