Sachin Tendulkar refuted allegations of “conflict of interest” against him as he claimed to have neither “received any compensation” nor holding any decision making role in the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians.
The court appointed Ombudsman Justice (Retd) DK Jain sent a notice to Sachin Tendulkar to explain ‘conflict of interest’ complaint filed by the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) member Sanjeev Gupta.
The complainant said that Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman were performing dual roles first of a “support staff” for Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad and second as members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).
Tendulkar in a 14 point written response stated, “The Noticee (Tendulkar) has received no pecuniary benefit/compensation from the Mumbai Indians IPL Franchise in his capacity as the Mumbai Indians ‘ICON’ since his retirement, and is certainly not employed with the Franchise in any capacity.”
“He does not occupy any position, nor has he taken any decision (including selection of team players) which could qualify as being in governance or management of the Franchise. Accordingly, there is no conflict of interest, either under the BCCI Rules or otherwise.”
Sachin Tendulkar was appointed member of the CAC in the year 2015 after he had close links with the Mumbai Indians franchise. Tendulkar goes on to explain that BCCI were aware of his association with he Mumbai Indians Franchise at the time of his appointment.
“His role is limited to providing guidance to the Franchise team by sharing his insights, learnings and working closely with the younger members in the team to help them realise their true potential.”
However, the complainant Sanjeev Gupta asked why was Mr. Tendulkar made to sit along with the team “dugout” unless he was part of the management or the support staff.
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