When the BCCI revealed the Indian squad for the next ICC T20 World Cup 2021, they made a smart move by naming former India captain MS Dhoni as the team’s mentor. This was a wise decision by the Indian board that would immensely assist the team but only if life was that simple. The BCCI apex council received a protest on Thursday, citing the conflict of interest rule in the Lodha Committee reforms, against former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s appointment as the Indian team’s mentor for the T20 World Cup.

Sanjeev Gupta, a former life member of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association who has previously filed a series of Conflict of Interest complaints against players and administrators, has written to the apex council members, claiming that Dhoni’s appointment violates the Conflict of Interest clause, which states that one person cannot hold two positions.

It is known that Dhoni’s status as a player in one squad and a mentor in another poses issues that require clarification.

“Gupta has written a letter to members of the apex council, including Sourav (Ganguly) and Jay (Shah). He highlighted clause 38 (4) of the BCCI constitution, which specifies that no one person can hold two positions at the same time. To check the repercussions, the Apex Council will need to engage its legal team “, a BCCI source stated.

The enigmatic wicketkeeper-batsman led India to two global titles, the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa and the 2011 ODI World Cup in India, making him one of the most successful captains in Indian cricket history. Dhoni is presently with his IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings, as they prepare for the league’s return on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.