Dream11, a prominent Indian fantasy gaming platform, and BCCI sponsor, is not concerned about BCCI’s president, Sourav Ganguly endorsing My11Circle, as Dream11’s CEO and Co-founder Harsh Jain unveiled. Dream11 and My11Circle are one of the biggest rivals of each other in the fantasy gaming sector. Sourav Ganguly is a bit more involved in the interest conflicts and controversies because of approval and support before BCCI AGM, scheduled on 24th December 2020.
In a press release, Mr. Harsh Jain said: “We are not concerned about Sourav Ganguly’s personal endorsements. This is BCCI’s internal matter, and I have no further comment on this issue.”
Along with the other fantasy gaming and sports platforms, Ganguly also seems to be involved with JSW Group, a steel-making firm, also the co-owner of Delhi Capitals’ IPL franchise. However, recent reports revealed that the Indian cricket team’s former captain is no longer a part of that firm.
Sourav had declined endorsement offers from Tata motors and BYJUs as both were BCCI sponsors. So, where does the question of conflict arise? At the height of the fixing scandal in 2013 after N Srinivasan’s son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, was arrested on allegations of his involvement in spot-fixing, before every meeting, the media used to write that Srinivasan would be cornered, but I can tell you nothing of that sort happened.A senior BCCI official
The official rules of BCCI also state that any top administrators or higher authorities or any of their relatives must not associate with any firm or organization that enters into any commercial agreement with BCCI. This association does not include any nearest relative who is a regular working employee of the firm or organization. But, this will also not apply to any smaller shareholdings in any public limited Company.
An administrator shall not draw any financial benefits from the BCCI except as per the TA and DA rules for BCCI, ICC, ACC meetings or meetings with foreign boards, and any retirement benefit he/she may be entitled to as a former cricketer/umpire or any other capacity or such other expenses that may be incurred in carrying out his/her duties. An administrator or his near relative shall not be associated with a player management company or a player agent in any form either honorary or paid.administrator
Furthermore, some more reports are stating that the other members of BCCI plans to corner Sourav Ganguly during AGM and then question him about his differently alleged interest conflicts.