Sourav Ganguly, who is currently the BCCI President, has decided to relinquish his role from the ISL franchise ATK Mohun Bagan. The former Indian skipper stepped down from the post of Director to avoid a possible conflict of interest.
Sourav Ganguly leaves ATK Mohun Bagan
Recently, Kolkata-based corporate giant RPSG won the bid for the Lucknow franchise during the bidding process of two new IPL teams. The group bid the highest amount and purchased the IPL franchise for a whopping Rs 7090 cr.
However, RPSG is also the owner of ISL franchise ATKMB where Sourav Ganguly worked as a director. Hence, Ganguly could have most likely faced a conflict of interest. Chairman of RPSG Sanjiv Goenka had earlier predicted that Sourav may step down from the position.
“Well, I think he is going to step down from Mohun Bagan completely. I think today. It is for Sourav to make the announcement. I mean, sorry. I think I pre-empted it,” Goenka told CNBC-TV 18.
According to reports, Sourav Ganguly has initiated the process of relinquishing his role from ATKMB. Sourav has had past controversies regarding conflict of interests. In 2019, the former skipper entered into a conflict of interest controversy when he was the president of Cricket Association of Bengal and an advisor with Delhi Capitals.
What does the conflict of interest rule state?
The conflict of interest rule as per the BCCI constitution states: “When the BCCI, a Member, the IPL or a Franchisee enter into contractual arrangements with entities in which the individual concerned or his/her relative, partner or close associate has an interest.
“This is to include cases where family members, partners or close associates are in a position that may, or maybe seen to compromise an individual’s participation, performance, and discharge of roles.”
• Sourav Ganguly relinquishes his role in ATKMB to avoid conflict of interest
• ATKMB is owned by RPSG which is also the owner of a new IPL franchise
• Sourav had faced a conflict of interest when he was a part of the Delhi Capitals in 2019