T20 World Cup: Controversy raised over Dhoni’s mentorship, conflict of interest

The Apex Council of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday received a complaint against the appointment of former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the mentor of the Indian team for the T20 World Cup, citing conflict of interest with the recommendations of the Lodha Committee. The rules are cited.

Former Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association life member Sanjeev Gupta has sent a letter to the members of the Apex Council that Dhoni’s appointment is in violation of the conflict of interest rules, which states that one person cannot hold two posts. Gupta has already filed several complaints of conflict of interest against players and administrators.

Dhoni is also the captain of the Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings. A BCCI source told PTI, “Yes, Gupta has sent a letter to the members of the Apex Council, which includes Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah. He has cited Article 38(4) of the BCCI constitution, according to which a person cannot hold two different posts. The Apex Council will need to consult its legal team to examine its implications.

Dhoni is a team player on the one hand and will also be the mentor of the national team on the other, which raises questions and requires clarity. BCCI secretary Jay Shah on Wednesday announced the Indian team for the T20 World Cup and it was on this occasion that Dhoni was appointed as the mentor of the team for this ICC tournament.

Under the leadership of wicket-keeper batsman Dhoni, one of the most successful captains in the history of Indian cricket, India has won two World Cup titles – the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa and the 2011 ODI World Cup in India. Dhoni is currently with his IPL team Chennai Super Kings and is preparing for the T20 league to be restored from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.

The announcement of Dhoni’s retirement on an Instagram post on August 15 last year had taken world cricket by surprise and since then he has not spoken about it even once. Dhoni has scored 4876, 10773 and 1617 runs for India in 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20 Internationals respectively.

After retiring from international cricket, he has confined himself to his personal commitments. His entire focus is on his IPL commitments and organic farming at his home in Ranchi.

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