While Ravi Shastri and Sourav Ganguly's spat was hogging the limelight in recent times, allegations of conflict of interest were brought in against Indian batting legend VVS Laxman. The former India cricketer is currently a member of the BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee, alongside Sachin Tendulkar and Ganguly, who recently chose Anil Kumble as the new head coach of Indian cricket team.
Reports claimed that Laxman had interest in a company owned by Kumble called Tenvic Sport.
It was also claimed that Laxman had 33,332 shares in the company from which he was earning incentives, bonus and other benefits.
BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke clarified the issue by saying that Laxman has nothing to do with the company anymore, and the conflict of interest charges that have been brought against the former batsman are "erroneous."
"The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) would like to inform all concerned that at the time prior to the commencement of the functioning of the Committee to interview applicants for the job of Head Coach of the Indian cricket team, Mr. VVS Laxman had very categorically clarified his current position as well his previous association with Tenvic Sports," Shirke was quoted as saying by PTI.
"It was during the course of the requisite communication, Mr. Laxman informed BCCI that he had sold his total shareholding of 5 per cent in Tenvic Sport in the month of March 2016 and also declared that he no longer held any shareholding or any official or unofficial position in Tenvic Sports. This took place prior to the commencement of the operations of this Committee."
"Mr. Laxman was therefore in no position of a conflict of interest at the time of selection of the head coach of Indian cricket team. All assumptions and conclusions to that effect are therefore erroneous."