Dream11 is not concerned about Sourav Ganguly’s personal approval of their direct competitor

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BCCI president Sourav Ganguly who endorses fantasy games platform My11Circle does not relate to his direct rivals and the official sponsors of the Dream11 board, said company co-founder Harsh Jain on Tuesday. Two days before the board’s annual general meeting (AGM), there are talks about members who plan to ask Ganguly to clarify that he endorses a brand that competes with the sponsors. “We are not concerned about Sourav Ganguly’s personal recommendations. This is the internal issue of BCCI and I have no further comment on this matter,” Jain, who is also the CEO of the company, told PTI.

PTI has also learned from JSW Group sources that, contrary to some reports, the former captain of India is no longer on the board of the steel-making company, having stepped down from the role following BCCI’s chairmanship. took himself.

JSW Group is a co-owner of IPL franchise Delhi Capitals. Sourav had declined offers from Tata Motors and BYJUs because both were BCCI sponsors. So where does the issue of the conflict come up, “said a senior BCCI official.

Asked if Ganguly would be cornered at the meeting, he laughed and cited an example. At the height of the (IPL) scandal in 2013, after N Srinivasan’s son-in-law, Gurunath Meiyappan, was arrested on charges of his involvement in problem solving, the media wrote before each meeting that Srinivasan would be cornered. , but I can tell you nothing like that happened, ”he said.

“So why don’t we wait for the meeting to be over?”

Sports attorney Vidushpat Singhania also sees no case of conflict in Ganguly’s approval. “If the sponsors of the BCCI had a clause in place that none of the office holders can be part of a rival company in an individual capacity, then a conflict arises. In this case, I don’t think Dream11 has contracted that clause. then there is nothing to worry about, ” said Singhania.

According to the rules of the BCCI: “Any administrator or their immediate family members must not be associated with any company / organization that has entered into a commercial agreement with the BCCI.

“Association does not mean a close family member who works as a permanent employee of the company / organization. However, this does not apply to holding shares in a limited liability company.”

The administrator cannot derive any financial benefits from the BCCI.

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“An administrator shall not derive any financial benefits from the BCCI except under TA and DA rules for BCCI, ICC, ACC meetings or meetings with foreign boards, and any retirement benefits to which he / she is entitled as a former cricket player / referee, or any other capacity or other expenses that may be incurred in the performance of his / her duties.

“A manager or his immediate family member must not be affiliated in any way with a player manager or a player’s agent in any form, neither honor nor paid.”

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