Choose between IPL roles and commentary: BCCI Ethics Officer tells Tendulkar, Ganguly and other bigwigs

The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 is in its mid-phase. With the matches going till the last ball and amazing performances by the teams, what makes the tournament more entertaining is the commentary and talk sessions of the former cricket players.

Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh and close to 20 other former and current cricketers are seen in the commentary boxes and talk sessions sharing their expertise on the ongoing tournament in England.

But the panel may now see a makeover as BCCI is all set to change their positions as the stars have been given a two weeks period to choose between the commentary assignments and the official positions. In an order passed by the BCCI’s Ethics Officer, DK Jain, the former Indian players overruled the Supreme Court-appointed R M Lodha panel recommendations in relation to conflict of interest because of their holding of different positions in BCCI and IPL.

Stressing on the “one person, one position” principle, Jain has ruled that Ganguly, who is the Delhi Capitals mentor, Cricket Advisory Committee member, Star Sports commentator and Cricket Association of Bengal chief, can be seen only in one role. Similarly, Tendulkar and Laxman can either be in the Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad dugouts, respectively, or be a part of the Star Sports commentary team, said BCCI’s Ethics Officer Jain to the Indian Express.

Also as per the rules of the broadcaster, players who are active or playing cricket cannot be present in commentary boxes during the tournament. This means Harbhajan Singh, Parthiv Patel, Irfan Pathan, Manoj Tiwari and likes of them can only sit in the commentary boxes after they retire.

Speaking to IANS, a member of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators said that the committee was looking into the question raised by Jain and would seek to find a solution as it was too restrictive.

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