The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday made it clear that former India batsman V. V. S. Laxman was not involved in any conflict of interest at the time of selection of the head coach of the national cricket team.
Reports emerged that Laxman, who is part of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, which selected spin legend Anil Kumble as head coach, is a shareholder in Kumble's company Tenvic Sports Education Private Ltd, for which the board had issued a clarification.
According to a statement from the board, Laxman had informed BCCI that he had sold his total shareholding of five per cent in Tenvic Sport in March and also declared that he no longer held any shareholding or any official or unofficial position in the company.
"The BCCI would like to inform all concerned that at the time prior to the commencement of the functioning of the committee to interview applicants for the job of head coach of the Indian cricket team, V. V. S Laxman had very categorically clarified his current position as well his previous association with Tenvic Sports, " BCCI said in a release.
"It was during the course of the requisite communication, Laxman informed BCCI that he had sold his total shareholding of five per cent in Tenvic Sport in the month of March and also declared that he no longer held any shareholding or any official or unofficial position in Tenvic Sports.
This took place prior to the commencement of the operations of this committee. "
"Laxman was, therefore, in no position of a conflict of interest at the time of selection of the head coach of Indian cricket team.
All assumptions and conclusions to that effect are therefore erroneous, " the release added.