India has Rahul Dravid at a higher level than most cricket players. They expect you to say the right things, give good examples and perhaps even more importantly … the right choice. So when his name was carried out in the conflict of interest debate, the feeling of overlap was a disappointment. After all, it was not the Dravid we knew.
There were some who had written about the double role of Dravid as qu’enturier India T-19 / India ‘A’ and daredevil Delhi mentors in 2016. Then, the issue has not called much BCCI interest because in itself had no problems with its Contract – after all, they had written.
But this year, when CoA member Ramachandra Guha, named in his resignation letter, has focused on the issue.
“For example, the BCCI gave preferential treatment to certain national coaches, giving them ten-month national service contracts, allowing them to work as IPL coaches / coaches for the remaining two months. This was done on an ad hoc and arbitrary basis. Most famous ex-player-coach becomes, it was more likely that the BCCI allows him to write his own contract that left loopholes he used to dodge the issue of conflict of interest, “writes in his letter Guha.
It was a thorny charge of star culture that prevailed in Indian cricket, but in a sense, it was also a call to arms. A cleaning was in order and we had to start with the same superstars. The initial response to Dravid Guha’s letter was cautious. In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, he said:
“Yes, I have written to the Agriculture Committee to explain my position and explain the context in which this alleged conflict of interest has occurred. According to the BCCI conflict of interest rules, there was absolutely no conflict of interest. The rules changed halfway through the contract, I think it is unfair to criticize me for violating the rules or doubling the rules at my convenience.
Dravid said that there were five or six other cricket players who were in a similar situation and who expressed the need to clarify the issue.
“If there is no clarity, we will be able to make an informed decision,” he said.
Dravid made the statement June 9 and at the end of the month, BCCI announced that he would continue as coach of the U-19 and “A” team of India for two years. Shortly after the launch of the BCCI, another announcement was made: Dravid resigned as Delhi’s daredevil mentor.
It was a positive step that reaffirms once again why the former captain is one of the most respected cricket players. It is not about deciding what to choose India in the IPL or even in the comment box. The debate between the country and the club is for another day. This is not even about money – made a 100% hike and Rs 5 million rupees a year will. It is rather to show the courage to make the right decision.
If Dravid continued to do both jobs, he would be grouped with the rest. Players who watch it put on the list of “superstars do things.” The BCCI had shrugged and called another committee (maybe they even found one for Dravid). The public have debated and finally left but would remember … as they remembered Sachin Tendulkar and Red Ferrari.