India news May 21, 2016

Ombudsman asks Vengsarkar, Amre to respond to conflict allegations

Dilip Vengsarkar is the Mumbai Cricket Association vice-president and the National Cricket Academy director © AFP

Justice (retired) AP Shah, the BCCI ombudsman, has asked the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) vice-president Dilip Vengsarkar and managing committee member Pravin Amre to respond to allegations of conflict of interest relating to their coaching assignments. While Vengsarkar and Amre have been asked to respond by June 1, the BCCI has been asked to reply by May 24.

The complaint has been filed by Nadeem Memon, a former curator of the Wankhede Stadium and a former managing committee member of the MCA. In Memon's complaint, accessed by ESPNcricinfo, he has contended that Vengsarkar and Amre were in conflict by virtue of their roles as National Cricket Academy (NCA) director and Delhi Daredevils assistant coach respectively. He also pointed out that Vengsarkar ran a private academy.

"I would like to bring to your notice that Vengsarkar runs a cricket academy for junior cricketers in Mumbai and Pune," Memon wrote. "It baffles me that how it is not a conflict of interest despite Vengsarkar not making any financial gains from his post as NCA director.

"Although Vengsarkar has agreed to do the NCA job honorary, it would dangerous to ignore the conflict of interest. The former India skipper can very well favour boys from his academy at the NCA. There is no guarantee that Vengsarkar wouldn't be tilted towards Mumbai players."

Vengsarkar was appointed as NCA director last November, while Amre joined Daredevils ahead of the 2015 IPL season.

It is understood the BCCI has asked the MCA's officials, members and coaches to submit declarations relating to any possible conflict of interest relating to their roles.

Arun Venugopal is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo. @scarletrun

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