Pravin Amre quits MCA role to avoid conflict of interest

Even as the Supreme Court deliberates a final call on asking the BCCI to adopt a new constitution, the reforms process received some support as former Mumbai and India batsman Pravin Amre asked the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to relieve him as an administrator to avoid conflict of interest.

Amre was elected to the MCA’s managing committee in 2015. The same year he joined the coaching staff of the Delhi Daredevils as a consultant. Recently, the Daredevils offered him the role of talent head, which Amre accepted. Consequently he has tendered his resignation.

According to the conflict-of-interest policy laid out by the Lodha Committee, no administrator can hold any simultaneous role as part of a cricketing venture. Although the MCA has still not taken a final call on implementing the Lodha recommendations and revamping its constitution, Amre felt his “fit” a case of conflict of interest if he continued in his job as an administrator. “This I believe is the ideal way to avoid being considered a fit case for conflict of interest as per the guidelines of the Justice Lodha panel recommendations,” Amre said in his resignation letter. “We as administrators have always set lofty standards for others to follow and I am only trying to follow that path. I believe it is the ideal time to set a new pattern in sports administration by turning a professional administrator.”

Amre joins the growing list of people who have been forced to make a choice to erase evident conflict of interest. Former India captain Rahul Dravid was the mentor at the Daredevils for two seasons till last year when he decided to quit the franchise to coach the India A and Under-19 teams. The same decision confronted the three Indian assistant coaches: Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar. All three were previously on the coaching staff of IPL franchises and they eventually had to leave those roles and solely stick to the India job.

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