Gavaskar ‘very dissappointed’ with Guha’s allegations

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Gavaskar ‘very dissappointed’ with Guha’s allegations

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SportsCafe Desk

06/04/2017

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar dismissed the ‘conflict of interest' allegation charge made by Ramchandra Guha, who recently resigned from the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators. He said that it was baffling to find his integrity being questioned when in reality he had no conflict whatsoever.

Former CoA member Ramchandra Guha resigned from his post because of the superstar work culture in Indian cricket. Apart from this, he raised many reasons for his decision. He wrote in his letter to Vinod Rai that the Supreme Court appointed panel had failed in curbing instances of conflict of interest among former players like Sunil Gavaskar.

Former Indian skipper Gavaskar responded to the charges by saying, "I'm very very disappointed if anyone is doubting my integrity. I do not have a conflict of interest. It's baffling to find my integrity has been questioned," as told to NDTV.

Guha's resignation letter talked about Gavaskar's direct conflict' with his other role as head of a player management firm.

"I have also repeatedly pointed to the anomaly where BCCI-contracted commentators simultaneously act as player-agents," he wrote in the letter to Vinod Rai. Further, in the mail, Guha said, "Sunil Gavaskar is head of a company which represents Indian cricketers while commentating on those cricketers as part of the BCCI TV commentary panel. This is a clear conflict of interest. Either he must step down/ withdraw himself from PMG completely or stop being a commentator for BCCI."

Gavaskar hit back at this accusation saying, "Show me one instance where I have tried to influence the selection committee." He also emphasised on what India cricket has done for him. "Indian cricket has done more for me than I have done for it. It's very disappointed that they are doubting my integrity and contribution to Indian cricket. Is there something particular against me that Ram Guha has named me in public?"

Speaking on the Anil Kumble-Virat Kohli rift rumours Gavaskar said, "I don't see any reason why Anil Kumble won't continue as coach... There are going to be disagreements in every workplace." However, Indian captain Virat Kohli dismissed all the rumours regarding this issue and Gavaskar backed Kohli saying, "Tell me one reason why we should doubt India's captain."

Sunil Gavaskar was out off the first ball of a Test match thrice in his career.

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