The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) reportedly received a Conflict of Interest complaint against former Indian team captain Mahindra Singh Dhoni’s role as Team India mentor for the T20 World Cup.
Holding two posts at the same time
Sanjeev Gupta, a former Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association life member, had previously filed a series of Conflict of Interest complaints against several players and administrators.
After hearing about Mahindra Singh Dhoni’s appointment, Gupta sent a letter to the apex council members regarding MS Dhoni’s appointment which according to him is a clear violation of the Conflict of Interest clause, under this clause an individual cannot hold 2 posts at the same time.
However, it is not wrong as the recent role appointments raise questions regarding Dhoni being a player in one team and a mentor in another. Some are even asking for clarity regarding the appointment.
On September 8, MS Dhoni was announced as a mentor for World Cup T20 by BCCI secretary Jay Shah.
Sourav Ganguly thanks MS Dhoni for accepting the role
Despite the oppositions and questions raised against Mahindra Singh Dhoni for his appointment as a mentor for the World Cup T20 which will take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman in October-November of this year, former Indian team captain and current president for the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) thanked MS Dhoni for accepting the board’s offer.
In a BCCI tweet, Ganguly says that Dhoni’s addition to the side is a way to make use of his expertise and experience for the T20 World Cup and that he is grateful to Dhoni for accepting the BCCI’s offer to aid the team for this upcoming tournament.
One of the most successful Indian Captains
There’s absolutely no doubt that MS Dhoni is one of the most successful captains in the history of Indian cricket. He has led the Indian team to 2 world titles one in the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa and the other in the 2011 One Day International (ODI) World Cup in India. Most notable, and India’s last big title has to be the 2013 Champions Trophy which was also led by none other than the enigmatic man himself.
The enigmatic wicketkeeper-batsman is currently with his Indian Premier League (IPL) team Chennai Super Kings preparing for the league resumption which will be from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.
On August 15 of last year, he announced his retirement through an Instagram post from his personal Instagram account. This announcement took the entirety of the cricket world by surprise and since his surprise post, he has not given any updates, not even once.
The former Indian Cricket team captain, Mahindra Singh Dhoni, is a highly respected figure among the cricket community. He has played 90 Tests, 350 One Day Internationals (ODIs) and 98 T20 Internationals which amasses 4876, 10773 and 1617 runs respectively across all formats.
Since his international retirement, Dhoni has been under low profile by keeping his focus on his Indian Premier League engagements and his love for organic farming in his hometown Ranchi.
Appointment of Dhoni might be a witty move
After the T20 World Cup, the tenure of head coach Ravi Shastri and his support staff will be expiring and it seems that the BCCI is not eager to renew their contracts. Thus, Mahindra Singh Dhoni’s appointment will function as a stop-gap arrangement.
Moreover, appointing a new coach just a few months prior to the important ICC tournament was a risk and far from being an ideal decision. This made the BCCI come up with the appointment idea and thus added an old yet familiar person to the team management.