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Please don't question my integrity

india Updated: Oct 13, 2011 23:54 IST
Anil Kumble

Over the last few days there have been various allegations levelled against me for the responsibilities that come with my various roles. They boil down to two issues -- my competence to perform these multiple roles and the potential for conflicts of interest.

I have never clamoured for power that is associated with position. However, I have been attracted to the challenge and responsibility for bringing about a change. In fact, with the exception of my business, all the other positions I have accepted have been the outcome of persuasion by well meaning individuals. In each of my current roles, there is a significant challenge to improve a system.

My role as chairman of the NCA is largely restricted to defining a vision and roadmap for the creation of a future for Indian cricket. And Karnataka cricket is closest to my heart. I found that my views on the need to reshape Karnataka cricket found resonance from the likes of Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad, Vijay Bharadwaj and Rahul Dravid and we decided to take the bull by its horns and contested elections for the KSCA.

My sports company was incorporated in 1999. I have been in the sporting business for more than 15 years now. I also had to select a vocation which I knew enough about. Vasanth Bharadwaj (Former Table Tennis International & corporate professional), Diinesh Kumble (sports analytics professional) and I started working on this shortly after I retired from international cricket. We decided to brand it Tenvic. We have a grand idea and a shared passion for the transformation of all sports.

Tenvic is not a talent management company.

It has been reported that my company representing players has supposedly resulted in their being selected to play for the Indian cricket team. This is both insulting and preposterous.

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It casts aspersions on the workings of the national selection committee, questions the performance of the players in question who earned their spots in the team and doubts my integrity. I categorically deny I ever have or will ever influence selection of players at any level to derive personal interest.

It seems to me that a conflict of interest exists in most professions and it is important how it is addressed. When a conflict of interest exists, it should be declared in the public domain and systems put in place to ensure that nobody can exploit this. Disclosures of my interest in Tenvic and its businesses have been formally communicated to the bodies concerned.

I have lived my life by setting high moral and professional standards. Now that I am in a few positions that put me in the public domain, I must subject myself to a standard that satisfies not just me but others also who hold me in high regard.

Finally, I have been quoted wrongly with reference to Mahatma Gandhi. What I said was that I am incapable of living the simple life of Mahatma Gandhi.

(Anil Kumble is the Karnataka State Cricket Association president and has a paid position as mentor with the Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL team.)