BCCI Ombudsman clears Vengsarkar, charges Amre

BCCI's Ombudsman has cleared former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar of conflict of interest charges, but has barred former India batsman Pravin Amre from holding dual official posts. Both are members of Mumbai Cricket Association.

Praveen Amre (right) has been blocked from continuing as the Delhi Daredevils assistant coach and MCA managing committee member.   -  PTI

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI’s) Ombudsman has cleared former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar of conflict of interest charges, but has barred former India batsman Pravin Amre from holding dual posts - assistant coach with an Indian Premier League team and administrator with a BCCI affiliate unit.

Sportstar on May 19 had > reported that (Retd) Justice A.P. Shah, the BCCI Ombudsman, had sought replies from Vengsarkar and Amre in a complaint filed by Nadim Memon, former Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) managing committee member. Memon had alleged Vengsarkar to be in conflict for holding the honorary post of the director of the National Cricket Academy despite running academies and serving as the MCA vice-president.

While the Ombudsman order, dated July 6, stressed that Vengsarkar’s NCA role had no conflict, it added: “… with respect to the charge against him of running a cricket academy, the Ombudsman is of the view that since Mr. Vengsarkar is neither part of the selection process nor a coach, there is no conflict of interest in accordance with the BCCI Rules of Conflict of Interest.”

Amre, however, has been blocked from continuing as the Delhi Daredevils assistant coach and MCA managing committee member. The Ombudsman has also directed the BCCI to avoid a repeat of such cases in future.

“Given that the 2016 edition of the IPC has concluded – the BCCI is directed to take appropriate action against him (Amre) in accordance with the relevant rules. For the next edition of the IPL, Mr. Amre cannot continue to be a part of the MCA Managing Committee and the Delhi Daredevils (or any other IPL team) coaching staff,” stated the order, accessed by Sportstar.

“The BCCI is also directed to write to all the IPL franchises to clarify Rule 1(A)(B) of the Rules on Conflict of Interest that the franchises cannot employ any Administrator (as defined in the Rules) as part of its support staff.”