According to an Indian Express report, Rahul Dravid has been approved by the Committee of Administrators to take up the position of NCA head provided he gives up his post at India Cements. The Ethics division has made this request to ensure that Dravid does not face any conflict of interest.
Currently, the coach of India’s U-19 as well as the ‘A’ team, former skipper Rahul Dravid’s contract runs out at the end of this month which will pave his way to be appointed as National Cricket Academy’s head. His appointment will make him responsible for overseeing the development of India’s youth cricketers and work towards integrating them in the national squad. He will succeed Dr. Kinjan Suratwala as the same.
However, even though the Committee of Administrators had approved his appointment, BCCI’s ethics committee put forth the issue of him holding multiple positions at the same time. Dravid currently serves as India Cements Vice President and will have to go on ‘leave without pay’ to be formally named NCA head.
“We want Dravid on board as NCA’s head of cricket and he will have to work at the academy full time. He is also a vice-president at India Cements. He will have to choose one of the posts. The board is ok if he goes on ‘leave without pay’ from India Cements and then joins NCA. Once he clarifies his appointment will be made public,” sources in the BCCI informed, reported The Indian Express.
Earlier in the World Cup, Ethics officer DK Jain had raised similar concerns regarding former stalwarts VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly who serve as commentators even though they are affiliated with IPL teams as coaches. This is on the basis of the recommendations of the Lodha Panel which had clearly stated the policy of ‘one man one position’ to avoid any conflict of interest.
Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae PS Narasimha will be consulted by the CoA to affirm whether DK Jain’s ruling on the matter is correct or too ‘restrictive’.