Dhoni should delink with Rhiti: Ravi Savant
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's alleged conflict of interests has not gone down well with the BCCI with new treasurer, Ravi Savant, saying he should disassociate himself with the management company.cricket Updated: Jun 12, 2013 12:52 IST
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's alleged conflict of interests has not gone down well with the BCCI with new treasurer, Ravi Savant, saying he should disassociate himself with the management company.
Savant said Dhoni should be given a notice for conflict of interests if it was not part of his contract earlier.
Dhoni found himself in a controversy when it came to light that he had a 15 per cent stake in Rhiti Sports, which also manages Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Pragyan Ojha, besides the India captain.
However, the firm has made it clear that Dhoni was a shareholder only for a brief period, and currently has no stakes.
“Dhoni should immediately disassociate himself with the management firm while he is captain. Dhoni should be given a notice for conflict of interests if this was not part of his contract earlier,” Savant said in a statement. The BCCI had said that it would look into the issue of conflict of interests after the Champions Trophy was over.
“I don't want to disturb the team during the Champions Trophy. I gain nothing by doing that. We have taken note of the issue. We are looking into it but we are not going to hound someone,” BCCI interim chief, Jagmohan Dalmiya, had told a press conference on Monday.
Friend in need
Rhiti Sports management was set up and run by Dhoni's friend, Arun Pandey, who played three first-class matches. In 2010, Dhoni signed up with Rhiti Sports reportedly for R210 crore, the costliest deal in Indian cricket.
Interestingly, two of the players — Raina and Jadeja — are part of the same IPL franchise, the Chennai Super Kings, which is captained by Dhoni.
However, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel's comment was contradictory to what the treasurer had said. “Whatever Mr Savant has said is his personal opinion and the board has nothing to do with it.
The board has no intention to send any letter to either Dhoni or any other cricketer with the Champions Trophy going on. There was no discussion on this issue at the working committee meeting.”