Dahiya away from 'Conflict of Interest' position

The face of anti-DDCA movement Kirti Azad had recently written to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ombudsman A. P. Shah, alleging that former India wicketkeeper Vijay Dahiya has ’Conflict of Interest’ in dual role as assistant coach of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as well as being the chief coach of Delhi Ranji team.

Vijay Dahiya is not currently mployed with Kolkata Knight Riders.   -  Bhagya Prakash K.

The face of anti-Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) movement Kirti Azad had recently written to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ombudsman A. P. Shah, alleging that former India wicketkeeper Vijay Dahiya has ’Conflict of Interest’ in dual role as assistant coach of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as well as being the chief coach of Delhi Ranji team.

However, it might turn out that Azad’s allegations are far from true because Dahiya’s contract with Shah Rukh Khan owned franchise ended after the last Indian Premier League (IPL) season, and the management has brought an entirely new coaching staff on board.

“It was on October 22 that Jacques Kallis was appointed KKR coach as Trevor Bayliss had taken up the England offer. On October 28, it was Simon Katich, who was named an assistant coach in place of Dahiya. So how come Dahiya’s role as Delhi’s chief coach comes under purview of Conflict of Interest,” a senior BCCI official in know of things told PTI today.

It has been learnt that former Delhi captain Kirti Azad, who is leading the anti-DDCA movement, had written to the BCCI ombudsman about Dahiya’s role. It was also learnt that in Azad’s letter, there has been an allegation that some Delhi players were picked at the IPL auction, but again, the date of the auction shows that Dahiya was not present in Bengaluru that particular day.

“The IPL auction was held in Bengaluru on February 16. Dahiya was in Cuttack that day and when the auction was being held, he was in the Delhi dressing room as they were playing a Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Mumbai which started on that very day.”