T20 World Cup 2021: Conflict of interest complaint raised over MS Dhoni’s appointment as mentor of Team India

BCCI pulled off a heist when they appointed MS Dhoni as the mentor of the Indian team which was announced for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 to be held in UAE and Oman in the October-November period this year.

Dhoni, who retired from international cricket in 2020, last played for India in the 2019 World Cup’s semi-final against New Zealand. Currently, he is in UAE for the second half of the IPL 2021 where he will lead the Chennai Super Kings.

However, his appointment as the Indian team’s mentor didn’t sit down well as the BCCI apex council received a complaint citing the conflict of interest clause in the Lodha Committee reforms.

Former Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association life member Sanjeev Gupta, who has previously filed a series of Conflict of interest complaints against players and administrators, has sent a letter to the apex council members that Dhoni’s appointment is a violation of the Conflict of Interest clause, under which one person cannot hold two posts.

This is due to Dhoni being CSK’s captain in the Indian Premier League.

Yes, Gupta has sent a letter to apex council members including Sourav (Ganguly) and Jay (Shah). He has cited clause 38 (4) of the BCCI constitution which loosely states that one person cannot be holding two separate posts. The Apex Council will need to consult its legal team to check the ramifications,” a BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

One of the most successful captains in the history of Indian cricket, the enigmatic wicketkeeper-batsman led India to two world titles — the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa and the 2011 ODI World Cup in India.

The highly-respected wicketkeeper-batsman played 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20 Internationals amassing 4876, 10773, and 1617 runs respectively across formats.