BCCI staff, CoA attend lecture on ethics and governance

Dr Simon Longstaff, who wrote an independent review following the ball-tampering episode last year that forced Cricket Australia (CA) chairman David Peever to quit, delivered a special lecture on ethics and governance

The lecture was also attended by former India captain Rahul Dravid. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)   -  Getty Images

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) arranged a special lecture on ethics and governance for its staff on Tuesday.

The lecture, delivered by Dr Simon Longstaff, executive director of Sydney’s Ethics Centre, was also attended by the members of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).

It was Longstaff’s independent review following the ball-tampering episode last year that forced Cricket Australia (CA) chairman David Peever to quit. His detailed 145-page report also led to other heads rolling at CA.

CoA member, Ravi Thodge said that the event was organised to focus on governance in sports. “Every game goes through ups and down, that’s fine. He (lecturer) was here for something, we spoke to him and he gave a lecture. But it was not related to Indian cricket, it was a general talk. We are not saying that there is an issue of ethics in Indian cricket,” Thodge said.

Top BCCI officials, however, confirmed to Sportstar that the lecture was organised by BCCI's legal advisor Amarchand Mangaldas and his foundation.

The lecture was also attended by former India captain Rahul Dravid, who has been recently appointed the head of cricket at National Cricket Academy.

Some of the top BCCI officials who attended the meeting also confirmed to this publication that during the interaction, Dravid exchanged about the importance of ethics among young cricketers and how they should address the issues related to parental or peer pressure.

“It was just a platform to exchange ideas where Dravid and the speakers also deliberated on the importance of ethics, code of conduct and also the importance of handling pressure,” the official said, adding: “There were also deliberations on how incentives should be linked to character and social conduct.”

Along with the members of CoA and Dravid, the lecture was attended by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, NCA and IPL COOs Toofan Ghosh and Hemang Amin along with the entire Cricket Operations as well as the High Performance team at the NCA.