Dalmiya vows 'no cover up' on Dhoni's conflict of interest

Kolkata, June 6 (ANI): BCCI's Interim President Jagmohan Dalmiya on Thursday assured that the cricket board will not "cover up" the Mahendra Singh Dhoni conflict of interest issue, and that it was in everybody's best interests to not disrupt the national team's focus in the ongoing Champions Trophy in England.

"As far as Dhoni is concerned, you all have seen in the papers so am I. Now, the question is let it come out. At this juncture, when we are in the midst of Champions Trophy nothing we are going to earn by getting into and disturbing. But at the same time, we are not going to cover it up," he told the media here.

Dhoni it is believed could have a potential conflict of interest due to his involvement in Rhiti Sports, a sports management firm run by his friend Arun Pandey. The India captain reportedly held 15 per cent stake in the company, which also manages Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Pragyan Ojha. Raina and Jadeja play for Chennai Super Kings, who are led by Dhoni.

Dalmiya also said that a working committee would be appointed to look into the involvement of Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra in betting activities.

"There would be a BCCI meeting on June 10 to discuss the Kundra issue and action will be taken based on available evidence. So, let us wait for some more time. I can assure you that we will not curtail the enquiry," he said.

In 2009, Kundra and Shilpa Shetty invested in the Indian Premier League cricket team Rajasthan Royals using an offshore company based in Mauritius as the vehicle for doing so. The couple hoped to use Shetty's image and status as a "global brand" as a means of boosting the image of the team through merchandising and media exposure, as well as attracting sponsors.

On the probe being conducted by the BCCI into the issue of betting and impropriety by Meiyappan, he said that no BCCI member would be part of the inquiry committee.

Dalmiya further said there is no timeframe for completing the probe on spot-fixing.

The BCCI has appointed Sanjay Patel from the Baroda Cricket Association as its secretary. (ANI)


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