Kapil Dev tenders resignation from CAC after conflict of interest charges: Report
Former India captain Kapil Dev became the second member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) after Shantha Rangaswamy to resign from his post, having been inflicted with Conflict of Interest charges. Other than Kapil and Rangaswamy, Anshuman Gaekwad was also issued the notice last week, however, he hasn't yet resigned from his position.
“It was a pleasure to be part of the Ad-Hoc CAC to specifically select the Head Coach for the Men’s Cricket Team. I hereby tender my resignation from the same with immediate effect,” Kapil had written in his resignation e-mail to CoA chief Vinod Rai and BCCI’s CEO Rahul Johri, as per a report.
Kapil was responsible for interviewing the candidates for the head coach's position along with the other members in the team after Ravi Shastri's contract had run out. The 1983 World Cup-winning Indian captain, along with the other members of the CAC, gave Shastri a second contract as the head coach.
The conflict of interest charges came into being as Kapil and Rangaswamy are both recently founded Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA), a body of ex-players funded by the BCCI. It also has to be noted that Dev's organisation Dev Musco supplies floodlights to some Indian venues for international cricket assignments.
Although a 'no conflict' clearance was given to the three members of the CAC by CoA, Vinod Rai has now revealed that the matter didn't go to BCCI’s ombudsman-cum-ethics officer. The conflict of interest charges have been pressed by Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association life member Sanjeev Gupta. Since both Kapil and Rangaswamy, they won't have to issue a clarification on the charges, but Gaekwad would have to depose before the BCCI ethics officer as he hasn't resigned yet.
Gupta had levied the charges on Kapil citing his association with the Indian Cricketers Association (ICA), the floodlights company and the CAC. Gaekwad, on the other hand, is also the member ICA and also runs his own academy. Rangaswamy is a member of both ICA and CAC.