NEW DELHI: Former Indian captain MS Dhoni’s appointment as the mentor of the team for the World T20 is honorary. BCCI announced that Dhoni isn’t charging any money from the board and if that is the case — where is the conflict then?
Questions are being raised about Dhoni holding two positions — one as the captain cum promoter of the IPL team Chennai Super Kings and also holding the job of mentor in the one-off role. Even a letter to this effect was written to the BCCI ombudsman mentioning his conflict.
Dhoni will be advising and interacting with the team purely on an honorary basis and will not be involved in the management of the team. “Dhoni’s position in the team as a mentor is honorary. The board needed someone to look after the team as a mentor because the World T20 is an important tournament and there isn’t anyone more appropriate than Dhoni,” a top BCCI official told India Ahead.
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly too came under the scanner for multiple roles as the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, a member of a BCCI committee, and also a mentor of an IPL outfit Delhi Capitals. However, the southpaw always maintained that he isn’t getting paid from any of his associations.
Later when Ganguly became the BCCI president, he was allowed to do commercials. Now that he is signing commercial deals — many board officials have strong reservations about it. The conflict rule, which is yet to be defined by the BCCI, also doesn’t permit the Indian support staff to be with any one of the IPL teams. But those deals are professional ones and involve money, which isn’t the case with Dhoni.