Sourav Ganguly has a football club connection to the new owner of the IPL franchise

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BCCI PRESIDENT Sourav Ganguly is facing new conflict of interest issues as co-owner of a football team with Sanjiv Goenka which RPSG Ventures Ltd has made a successful offer of Rs 7,090 crore for Lucknow The IPL franchise at the high-stakes auction in Dubai on Monday.

According to the official website of Indian Super League (ISL) football club ATK Mohun Bagan, Ganguly is a member of its board of directors with Goenka as chairman. “The team belonged to Kolkata Games and Sports Pvt. Ltd. made up of former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, alongside businessmen Harshavardhan Neotia, Sanjiv Goenka and Utsav Parekh, ”the website says.

Talk to Indian express on condition of anonymity, a senior BCCI official confirmed that it was “a clear case of conflict”. “Ganguly is the president, he must understand. This is not the first time he has found himself in this situation, ”said the MP.

Goenka and Ganguly did not respond to calls from The Indian Express and text messages containing questions on the conflict of interest issue.

In an interview with CNBC TV18 on Tuesday, responding to a question about whether his association with Ganguly could raise a potential conflict of interest, Goenka said: “Well, I think he (Ganguly) is going to step down. completely of Mohun Bagan. ” When asked when this would happen, he replied, “I think today.” Goenka then said: “It’s up to Sourav to make the announcement. Sorry, I anticipated it.

Until late Tuesday night, the former Indian cricket captain made no official announcement on his future with ATK Mohun Bagan.

Even if Ganguly moves away from the football club, questions can still be raised about his involvement in the franchise auction process as president of BCCI despite his football association with one of the bidders.

Ganguly has been President of BCCI since 2019 and has a say in all important decisions taken by the Board of Directors. In the revised constitution of the BCCI following instructions from the Supreme Court, Judge RM Lodha’s committee listed several potential associations falling within the competence of conflict of interest.

“When the BCCI, a member, the IPL or a franchisee concludes a contractual agreement with entities in which the person concerned or his relative, partner or close associate has an interest. This should include cases where family members, partners or close associates occupy positions which can or can be considered as compromising the participation, the performance and the exercise of the roles of an individual ”, indicates- he.

This is not the first time Ganguly has faced conflict of interest issues.

Last year, he posted an Instagram post wearing a JSW Cement (Jindal Steel Works) t-shirt and claiming to be “at work” as the company’s brand ambassador. JSW Sports, a wing of the business conglomerate JSW Group, is the co-owner of IPL’s Delhi Capitals.

At the time, Ganguly, who had also been a Delhi Capitals mentor in the past, insisted that his new role as JSW Cement Brand Ambassador did not overlap with his role as BCCI Chairman.

Later, a formal complaint was filed by Sanjeev Gupta, a former member of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA), but the case has yet to be heard. The BCCI, on the other hand, did not appoint a new ombudsperson and ethics officer after Judge DK Jain’s term ended in June 2021.


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