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VVS Laxman Responds To Ombudsman In Respect To Conflict Of Interest Charge

The controversy regarding the conflict of interest issue seems to be becoming greater with every passing day. After Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, the third accused former cricketer VVS Laxman has strongly condemned the allegations of conflict of interest against him with respect to the dual roles, being a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) apart from his role as a mentor of the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Laxman in his reply to Ombudsman-cum-Ethics-Officer, DK Jain, mentioned that lack of communication from the Vinod Rai-led panel played an integral role in this whole controversy.

"On December 7, 2018, we had written to the Committee of Administrators requesting them to clarify the scope of our role and responsibilities. To this date, there has been no reply. Since no tenure had been mentioned in the letter of intent issued in 2015, it was only reasonable to expect some communication on whether the CAC was still in existence. Unfortunately, that hasn't been forthcoming," VVS Laxman wrote in his affidavit filed through his lawyer as quoted by PTI.

I wanted to contribute towards the sustained growth of Indian cricket

Laxman revealed that he had originally agreed to be a member of the CAC as some inputs were tasked with contributing towards the sustained growth of Indian cricket. Just like Sachin, Laxman also cleared the fact that he never asked or received any remuneration for being a part of the CAC. He said that the opportunity to be involved meaningfully in India’s climb towards becoming a cricketing superpower post-retirement was a privilege for him to refuse the remuneration offered.

"It will be worthwhile to note that the reason I agreed to be a member was because of the various inputs we were originally tasked with contributing towards the sustained growth of Indian cricket. The opportunity to be involved meaningfully in India's climb towards becoming a cricketing superpower post-retirement was privilege enough for me to turn down the offer of remuneration of being a part of CAC,” Laxman added.

The allegations are baseless

The former legendary cricketer noted that the above allegations are absolutely baseless. He reckoned that CAC is neither a permanent running body nor are they selectors of either coaches or players. Laxman also asked the Ombudsman to review the conflict of interest clause from the perspective of whether in the performance of his duties as a CAC member are influencing the external factors.

"The allegation of the complainant are baseless as we are in no manner selectors of either players or coaches and CAC is not a permanent body," he furthered.

"Conflict of Interest clause from the perspective of whether in the performance of my duties as a CAC member, I am being influenced by external factors. It is my respectful submission that when I am barely required to discharge any duties as a member of the CAC," the former Indian cricketer concluded.