Conflict of Interest: Rahul Dravid to depose before ethics officer on Thursday

Besides being the NCA director, Dravid is also the vice-president at the India Cements group, which owns the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.

Rahul Dravid is expected to depose before BCCI ethics officer DK Jain at a hotel in Mumbai at 11 o'clock on Thursday morning.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Former India captain and the current National Cricket Academy director Rahul Dravid will depose before the BCCI Ethics Officer D.K. Jain on Thursday to explain the conflict of interest allegations levelled against him.

Besides being the NCA director, Dravid is also the vice-president at the India Cements group, which owns the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.

The complaint against Dravid was lodged by Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta, alleging that there is conflict in interest in Dravid’s role as NCA head and being an India Cements employee.

The 46-year-old had already given a reply and defended himself saying he has taken leave of absence from employers India Cements and he has nothing to do with the Chennai Super Kings.

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"He (Dravid) will have to appear in person and present his side of the story. He has already made his stand clear, but there are a few areas that may need discussion," one of the Board officials said.

Dravid is expected to depose at a city hotel at 11 o'clock on Thursday morning.

He will be followed by BCCI employee Mayank Parikh, who has also been asked to depose before the Ethics Officer. Parikh, too, faces of conflict of interest allegations. Despite being part of the operations team in the BCCI, Parikh is associated with multiple clubs, with voting rights, in the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA).

As per the BCCI constitution, no individual can hold more than one post at the same time.

The Ethics Officer is likely to give his verdict in a day or two — after hearing both Dravid and Parikh.