Legendary Sachin Tendulkar has categorically refuted each allegation of Conflict of Interest leveled against him as he claimed to have neither “received any compensation” nor of holding any decision making a role in the IPL franchise Mumbai Indians.
Tendulkar on Sunday filed a 14-point written response to a notice sent by Ombudsman cum Ethics Officer Justice (Retd) DK Jain. It was with regards to a Conflict of Interest complaint filed by the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) member Sanjeev Gupta.
As per the complainant, Tendulkar and Laxman are stated performing dual roles of a “support staff” of their respective IPL franchises Mumbai Indians (MI) and Sunrisers Hyderabad and members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).
“RAt the outset, the Notice (Tendulkar) denies the contents of the Complaint in totality (except the statements specifically admitted herein). No part of the Complaint should be deemed to be admitted by the Notice for lack of specific denials,” Tendulkar wrote in his response which is in possession of PTI.
Since Gupta’s complaints harped specifically on Tendulkar’s role in the MI, the iconic cricketer in his response have made a complete disclosure of his role in the franchise. “The Notice (Tendulkar) has received no pecuniary benefit/ compensation from the Mumbai Indians IPL Franchise in his capacity as the Mumbai Indians ‘ICON’ since his retirement and is certainly not employed with the Franchise in any capacity.
“He does not occupy any position, nor has he taken any decision (including selection of team players) which could qualify as being in governance or management of the Franchise. Accordingly, there is no conflict of interest, either under the BCCI Rules or otherwise,” world’s leading run-getter further elaborated.