Conflicts of interests abound in world cricket

Cricket offers several examples of top officials who hold more than one powerful post, even if it poses as a conflict of interest, as AC Muthiah is alleging against N Srinivasan, the BCCI secretary. Of course the conflict is not without its benefits. Taylor, Gavaskar, Shastri, Bhogle and the rest count amongst the best thinkers in the game. They have a wide range of skills and play their parts in advancing the interests of the game. That is the reason so many people want to employ them, writes Peter Roebuck in the Hindu.

Accordingly it may seem churlish to suggest they cannot have it both ways. Sincerity, though, is not the issue. Every estate has its part to play. As has amply been proved in India over the last few weeks, the media is the watchdog. All the more reason to insist that it is free to bark whenever it sees fit.