Almost as soon as Jagmohan Dalmiya took over as BCCI’s interim head, he announced the steps the board was planning to take to get rid of controversies in the IPL.
They called it 'Operation Clean-up' and the BCCI focussed on 12 main points to restore the faith of fans once again. One of thise points was that the Board wanted the players to be more transparent about their commercial deals.
Talk regarding the players' commercial deals gained more pace after the story about Mahendra Singh Dhoni's stake in Rhiti Sports was broken by the Economic Times. While the BCCI have decided to wait until the end of the Champions Trophy before asking the India skipper for an explanation, it seems as if they want to ensure that such a problem does not arise again.
According to a report in the Indian Express, "the BCCI is set to make it mandatory for players to furnish details of their endorsements, investments and also disclose business interests related to individuals or companies when contracts come up for renewal in October."
The report further mentioned that the proposal to include the transparency clause in contracts will be tabled at the next working committee meeting and is expected to be approved as top BCCI officials agreed to implement it during a meeting in Chennai on Thursday.
While this is a welcome step in the right direction, one can't help but wonder if the BCCI should have a similar clause in place for officials as well.
N Srinivasan's conflict of interest has been debated a number of times in this forum and surely, transparency clause can't and shouldn't include just players.
The players may not be very happy about this but there really isn't any other way to go. This will also mean that the BCCI will know each and every financial detail when it comes to the players.