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Mumbai: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) is facing practical problems in implementing the Conflict of Interest guidelines on the day-to-day BCCI operations, CoA member Diana Edulji conceded on Monday and said that a "white paper" will be prepared detailing the issues.

Edulji and her colleague Lt Gen (Retd) Ravi Thodge met past and present cricketers, including former national captains Dilip Vengsarkar and Sourav Ganguly (via Skype), to discuss the "problems" caused due to the contentious clause incorporated by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha panel.

Stalwarts like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Ganguly and VVS Laxman are all facing alleged conflict issues with notices served by Ethics Officer Justice (Retd) DK Jain at various point in time.

"All the issues (related to conflict) were discussed -- what are the problems being faced by cricketers, what are the problems being faced by us (the administrators) to implement it. It was a vibrant discussion," Edulji told reporters after the meeting which was also attended by Sanjay Manjrekar, Irfan Pathan, Parthiv Patel, Ajit Agarkar, and Rohan Gavaskar.

Gen Thodge echoed Edulji's sentiments."There are some genuine difficulties which our cricketers face. We may not agree to certain things but certain things we have to agree. So, those are the issues what we wanted to gather from them and that was the purpose of this meeting," Thodge said.

"Cricketers are the ones who are conflicted, so we are addressing their issues," he added.

A major issue faced by the cricketers is pertaining to dual roles, player-commentator, commentator-IPL-franchise staff, commentator-administrator-franchise mentor, BCCI post-IPL franchise employee.

The new BCCI constitution makes it clear that it will be 'One Person One Post' and violation of that is deemed 'Conflict of Interest'.

"Sourav (Ganguly) was also there on Skype putting his (views). Good suggestions did come in and also that we will formulate a white paper and put it to the Amicus (Curiae) who would submit it to the (Supreme) Court," Edulji said.

A 'White paper' is an authoritative report or guide that informs readers concisely about a complex issue and presents the issuing body's philosophy on the matter.

However, Edulji maintained that as of now, the Conflict of Interest rules need to be followed in letter and spirit.

"But as of now Conflict of Interest rules have to be followed because they are enshrined in the Constitution and as and when, it will be decided by the Court, the amendments will be made," Edulji told reporters here after the meeting.

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