Chandrakant Pandit replies to conflict complaint

Former India wicketkeeper Chandrakant Pandit has denied allegations of violation of ‘one man, one post’ and ‘conflict of interest’ against him, which was reported first in TOI on July 27. An anonymous individual, who addressed himself as a ‘well-wisher of Mumbai cricket’ had lodged a complaint with Board Ombudsman Justice AP Shah against the ex-stumper. Pandit, who played five Tests and 36 ODIs, is ‘conflicted’ as he is currently the coach of the Mumbai Ranji team, head coach of the MCA academy in BKC and also runs his own cricket academy in Andheri. In a letter to the Ombudsman, a copy of which is with this paper, Pandit has defended himself against allegations of violating the rule of ‘one man one post’ by stating: “The Mumbai Cricket Association has appointed me as the head coach. The said post carries the following responsibilities – a) To oversee progress of all age-group teams at the MCA Sharad Pawar indoor cricket academy; b) To guide and coach the Ranji team; c) To guide other age group teams ; d) To design and conduct various development programs for coaches and players; e) To conduct various camps at the indoor cricket academy . “Kindly note that as the head coach I am in no way concerned with the selection of players of any of the teams of Mumbai, either senior or junior. I get the salary only for the post of the head coach of the MCA. The pay is not segregated for the respective responsibilities. It is only one post and not several posts as contended or otherwise,” he justified. Trashing the ‘conflict of interest’ charge against him, Pandit has written: “I am in no way concerned with the selection of any players by MCA in any of the age group teams. There is no conflict of interest in conducting a cricket academy for U-16 boys and holding a post of head coach of Mumbai. Since 2006, I’m not involved in coaching at `Chandrakant Pandit Cricket Clinic,’ nor do I receive any remuneration from it,” he stated.

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