Amid the talks of conflict of interest in Indian cricket, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has said that his tweet on My11circle - a fantasy cricket league – doesn’t breach any regulation.
On November 8, Ganguly had tweeted: “The #INDvsBAN series is on fire! The excitement continues in the 3rd match with series levelled. Will #TeamIndia keep up the winning streak or will Bangladesh bounce back? Beat my team on @My11Cirlce & Win Big. Make Your Team Now!”
Considering the fact that Dream11 is an official partner of the BCCI-run Indian Premier League (IPL), Ganguly tweeting about a rival company is the case of ambush marketing.
However, the BCCI chief doesn’t see a case of conflict in it.
“I don’t think there is any conflict in it, it’s my personal thing. Had I tweeted about Dream 11, it would have come under conflict of interest. I don’t see any conflict in that tweet,” he quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
Ganguly has previously had issues with the conflict of interest clause. After filing his nomination for BCCI presidential role, the 47-year-old had said conflict of interest is a "very serious issue" in Indian cricket as it is discouraging the best of minds from contributing to the growth of the system.
"Conflict of Interest is an issue. And I am not sure whether we will get the services of the best cricketers in the system, because they will have other options to avail," he had told reporters last month.
Sourav Ganguly was entangled in conflict of interest issue earlier in the year, when three cricket fans hailing from Bengal pointed out that apart from his then duty as Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President, the former India skipper was rendering his services to IPL franchise Delhi Capitals and was also part of the Cricket Advisory Committee.
BCCI’s ethics officer DK Jain had also said Ganguly violated the conflict of interest clause and he was directed to relinquish his services and continue in not more than one position.
(Inputs from The Indian Express)