Gambhir’s DDCA nomination under ‘conflict of interest’ threat

Gautam Gambhir (Image credit- sports.ndtv.com)

Delhi: Out of favour Indian opener Gautam Gambhir’s government nomination in the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA)’s Managing Committee is now being scrutinized due to conflict of interest issue.

Gambhir on Friday had announced his nomination in the managing committee the DDCA on Twitter and he had also thanked sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

“Had the honour of adjusting fields at Ferozeshah Kotla. Time to adjust ‘corridors’ at DDCA to help restore its glory days. Honoured to be Government Nominee on DDCA Managing Committee. Thanks@Ra_THORe #humbled,” read his tweet.

But the southpaw is still actively playing first class cricket and if he is included in a policy making body, then under the Lodha Committee recommendations, it would fall in the conflict of interest issue.

If he still remains an active cricketer, then the decision of the coach and selection committee would be directly beneficial for the Kolkata Knight Riders captain.

Justice (Retd) Vikramjit Sen, the DDCA administrator said that he didn’t know about any such managing committee.

“I have not received any notification from the government about Gautam Gambhir’s appointment. I am not aware about any managing committee. I will be writing to the sports ministry to seek more details,” he said on Saturday.

He added, “Also, he is an active cricketer, so I am not sure if Lodha Committee reforms will allow him to take up administrative post.”

It has been learnt from sources that no managing committee exists in the DDCA as of now since the time Justice Sen took charge as administrator.

One of Gambhir’s close friends said that the left-hander wouldn’t take up the job if an issue regarding the conflict of interest arises.

He said, “Gautam has no plans to retire and will be playing active cricket. If there is a conflict of interest issue, he will not take up the post.”

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