India A and Under-19 coach Rahul Dravid responded to former CoA member Ramachandra Guha’s letter in which he questioned inaction from his colleagues against conflicts of interest in Indian cricket, by saying this wasn’t the case, according to a report by ESPNcricinfo. “Yes, I have written to the CoA explaining my position and explaining the background against which this perceived conflict of interest has happened,” Dravid told ESPNcricinfo. “By the BCCI’s conflict of interest rules, I was absolutely not under a conflict of interest. If the rules have changed midway through the contract, then I think it is unfair to criticise me for breaking the rules or twisting the rules to suit my convenience,” the Delhi Daredevils mentor said seeking more clarity on the issue from BCCI.
He added that a little more clarity on the issue will help him and others to make informed decisions. “My simple point is that, not only me but there are five or six of us who are in the same position. There needs to be clarity. If there is clarity, we will be in a position to take an informed decision. It is disappointing the way this got played out in the public without much understanding of the background,” Dravid added.
Meanwhile, a BCCI official spoke to ESPNcricinfo and said, “It’s not that this has suddenly cropped up today. Nobody is against resolving any of these issues. You have to do it in a holistic manner and that’s a work in progress. And certain things have a certain process. You will have to figure out what the right framework is. It is not a situation-specific thing. You need to develop a framework that addresses conflict based on principles.”
Guha’s letter had sparked some controversy as he not only took on Rahul Dravid but also attacked former Indian captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly and Sunil Gavaskar on various issues.