Gaekwad to reply to BCCI ethics officer in 'due time'

Anshuman Gaekwad has been issued a notice by the ethics officer on the charges of a possible conflict of interest to holding multiple positions.

Anshuman Gaekwad with Kapil Dev and Shantha Rangaswamy, members of the Cricket Advisory Committee who together reappointed Ravi Shastri as India's head coach.   -  AFP

Former India cricketer, Anshuman Gaekwad, will reply to the notice issued to him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s ethics officer, Justice (retired) D.K. Jain on the charges of conflict of interest.

Part of the three-member committee -- along with Kapil Dev and Shantha Rangaswamy -- which picked India’s head coach in August, Gaekwad, too, was issued a notice by the ethics officer on the charges of a possible conflict of interest to holding multiple positions. They were asked to reply by October 10.

While Rangaswamy and Kapil -- who were also the directors of the Indian Cricketers Association -- have stepped down from the committee, Gaekwad has decided to make his version clear to the ethics officer.

“Since a notice has been issued to me, it is my duty to reply and I will do that in due time,” Gaekwad told Sportstar.

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For the last couple of days, there were speculations that he, too, may quit the cricket advisory committee, but the former India cricketer admitted that such questions don't arise since there was no official CAC anyway. “When we were asked to choose the men’s team head coach, it was an one-time assignment. There was no committee formed as such. We didn’t any receive any formal letter from the CoA about the CAC."

Last year, the trio had also picked India’s women’s coach as part of an ad-hoc committee, which was formed after the original CAC members -- Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and V.V.S Laxman -- opted out of the process. “That time too, it was an one-time job,” Gaekwad said.

The 67-year-old, who has previously been the coach of the Indian team and also a national selector, also admitted that there was no question of stepping down as “there is no CAC in existence” and also he doesn’t hold any positions in the ICA.

Gaekwad is expected to send his reply to the ethics officer in the next few days.