T20 World Cup India: MS Dhoni’s mentorship in jeopardy as MPCA member files ‘Conflict of Interest’ complaint against appointment

BCCI’s apex council has received a conflict of interest complaint against MS Dhoni’s appointment as the mentor for Virat Kohli & Co for the T20 World Cup in the UAE.

Former Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) 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 MS Dhoni’s appointment is a violation of the Conflict of Interest clause, under which one person cannot hold two posts.

MS Dhoni is also captain of the Chennai Super Kings IPL franchise. “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.

It is understood that Dhoni being a player in one team and a mentor in another raises questions for which clarity is needed. On Wednesday, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said that MS Dhoni was roped in to mentor the team only for the T20 World Cup. While it came as a pleasant surprise, even the BCCI top-brass wasn’t convinced he would agree to mentor Virat Kohli & Co.

T20 World Cup India: MS Dhoni Mentor – “No, we did not had an idea about this. Dhoni’s inclusion came in as a pleasant surprise. I spoke to Secretary later & congratulated him on the move. Dhoni’s presence in the dressing room can work wonders for this team. All credit to Jay Shah for making it work,” a BCCI official disclosed.

However, the appointment was lauded by a Team India member. It remains to be seen whether the former India captain agrees to continue after receiving the complaint. Earlier, the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman quit their BCCI posts after being targeted by conflict of interest complaints.

“It’s an absolute surprise, a very very pleasant one. We will again have him (Dhoni) in our dressing room, it’s kind of a dream. His experience, calmness, presence will really help the squad during crunch matches & situations in the World Cup,” declared the Indian team member.