Rahul Dravid has been handed a notice for an alleged conflict of interest issue by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ethics officer.
He is the incumbent National Cricket Academy director and coach of India Under 19 and A-team. Moreover, he is also the current vice-president of India Cements Group that owns Chennai Super Kings.
The notice was sent by BCCI's Ethics committee officer Justice Retired DK Jain on a complaint under rule 38 (4) of the BCCI constitution filed by Sanjay Gupta.
This is not the first time a former Indian player has been issued a notice. Not long ago, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman were issued similar notices for being mentors of IPL teams and members of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) simultaneously.
Sourav Ganguly had been at the receiving end of BCCI notices as well. He is the president of Cricket Association of Bengal and the mentor of Delhi Capitals.
Upon hearing Dravid's matter, he lashed out at BCCI for sending 'conflict of interest' notices. He said in a tweet: "New fashion in Indian cricket...conflict of interest...Best way to remain in news ...god help Indian cricket......Dravid Gets Conflict of Interest Notice from BCCI Ethics Officer."
Ganguly, who is nicknamed 'Dada', was supported by Harbhajan Singh. "Sending notice to these legends is like insulting them.. cricket needs their services for betterment.. yes god save Indian cricket," the off-spinner said in a response to Ganguly's tweet.
Dravid set a new precedent by taking up a relatively low-profile role of coaching the Under 19 side and took great interest in grooming the young talent even though a player of his stature is usually associated with international sides and with the support staff of lucrative T20 league franchises.
It is clarified in the BCCI constitution that no individual may occupy more than one of the following posts at a single point of time except where prescribed under certain conditions.