Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has refuted allegations of a conflict of interest arising out of his roles as member of the IPL governing council (GC) and a business partner with an IPL franchise owner.
While filing his reply to the ombudsman in response to a complaint lodged by Niraj Gunde, Ganguly admitted to owning a “five per cent stake” in Atletico de Kolkata, the football club owned by promoters of the new Pune IPL franchise, but he clarified having “no interest or connection” with New Rising Promoters Pvt. Ltd. that owns Rising Pune Supergiants, nor is he “aware of their share-holding patterns”, according to a report in Indian Express.
While denying the allegation, Ganguly admitted to being “nonplussed” about the way the entire issue has panned out.
“As such the complaint has left me nonplussed. I am a partner with 6.67% share in ‘Catch 22 Informatics LLP’ a limited liability partnership which has about 75% share in Kolkata Games and Sports Pvt. Ltd. In other words my stake in Kolkata Games and Sports Pvt. Ltd is about 5%. However, I have no interest or stake in or connection with New Rising Promoters Pvt. Ltd. which bid at the auction held on December 8, 2016,” wrote Ganguly to the ombudsman in an email, according to the report.
The matter came to light when the Indian cricket board wrote to Justice Shah’s office recently saying it is ‘unaware’ of Ganguly’s business interests in Atletico de Kolkata.
“BCCI confirms that Sourav Ganguly is the President of the Cricket Association of Bengal and is a member of the IPL Governing Council. BCCI is unaware of the business links that Ganguly has and this information could be obtained from him directly (in verbatim),” senior BCCI official Ratnakar Shetty wrote to the ombudsman in an email dated February 7, said the report.