Dhoni should be candid on his Rhiti Sports links: Shishir Hattangadi

Updated: June 4, 2013, 6:22 PM IST
Dhoni should be candid on his Rhiti Sports links: Shishir Hattangadi

While Rhiti Sports has said that the Indian captain no longer holds shares in the sports management company, it concedes that he has been a shareholder in the past. Since the firm also manages other players who are Team India regulars and perceived to be close to MS Dhoni, is there a concrete case of conflict of interest? How deep does the rot in Indian cricket actually run? Former cricketer Shishir Hattangadi joined IBNLive readers for an interaction on the issue.

Q. By owing a stake in Rithi had MSD broken any clause in the agreement of the players. Asked by: Manojwa

A. Maybe not contractually but morally yes.

Q. Is this enough reason to sack MSD from team? Asked by: Rohit

A. No but as a India player he has a moral responsibility.

Q. This is 2013. the contention is: the companies walks around sniffing in front of whom? the person who either has a power or is successful in his field. now being a captain, he may promote and support those in the team of his choice who are also associated with that company. See when Zukerberg and gates make billions in one night, it can be understood because of their intellect.but just imagine: he is VP of CSK; Captain of Indian Team and not rotaract club; being the shareholder of his own branding team who may even introduce players of his own choice! could u please explain where the conflict of interest disappears; that corroborate with his silence on fixing. Asked by: pc

A. He is following his bosses orders...of CSK and the BCCI.

Q. Why suddenly all these conflict of interest issues raises? What's wrong in having interest about something if he doesn't have any interest you can sack him. The real conflict of interest lies with the media for targeting certain peoples when there is so many other reasons to worry in India why media highlighting this issue always seems like a paid news for common people like me. Asked by: madhan

A. It raises questions on morality....like every field.

Q. There are so many issues media need to focus on rather than attacking certain people in sports Sachin close to Ambanis, Kohli to Mallyas and all politician in all states running BCCI when that rot can be cleaned instead blaming players. Asked by: madhan

A. The IPL can arouse these questions but indian team issues more sensitive.

Q. The others managed by the sports company were in the CSK team. So what? the captain of CSK can not be an autocrat.he selects team members on performance and guidance of team manager and coaches. where is the compromise? Asked by: sundar1950in

A. Compromise is a perception better to stay clear of public perception when one is an India Captain.

Q. The media earlier demanded Dhoni's head for alleged non - performance. Now they want it for his performance as a share holder. Media attacking Big guys makes news and sells. So is it all for the TRPS. Asked by: sundar1950in

A. TRPs and big names are always best friends, but one cannot deny conflict of interest issues.

Q. Assuming the ownership of the company was with MSD and managing him and he not managing the company, where is the conflict of interest? Asked by: sundar1950in

A. Associating with an FMCG company is different, this is a player management company.

Q. Politicians can be in business,profession and still hold a public representative position or an outside office (no profits ) and will be treated as having no conflict of interest. The business and office of profit will be handled by the politician's kin. Are we learning from our netas on governance - good or bad? Asked by: sundar1950in

A. We are learning how to use a situation to generate money, good but not so good if there is a conflict of interest.

Q. Absolutely, its the same that the prosecution, opposition, judge and witnesses are known to each other. Asked by: pc

A. Yes, I agree.

Q. Rot in cricket - the depth is as it is in any other system in the country. When this not a stand alone rot why cricket and BCCI is being targeted? Asked by: sundar1950in

A. Part of the darkness in the tunnel.

Q. The shares allotment to square up the credit and then redeemed by the company. Does it look like some cover up action? Asked by: sundar1950in

A. Yes, seems so.

Q. With all these small issues being blown up,do you see a purpose.- to sideline the main issue of Player,owner and bookies in fixing us to the TV for sensational matches? Asked by: sundar1950in

A. This could be the prelude to the symphony. Let's wait for what is to unfold.

Q. When players in other sports are poor and travel, media makes a noise.When Cricketers make good money the media gets nosy. What is the expectation - that sportsperson should not make money? Asked by: sundar1950in

A. Make money the fair way, isn't that fair?

Q. When in business, which of course cricket is,do you accept them to own bakeries and sell Cakes. A small stake of 15 percent and no active participation does not create Conflict of Interest. What say you? Asked by: sundar1950in

A. The name involved is huge its not about the percent of stake.

Q. All said and done, what could be the next practical course of action? What can/should BCCI do and what should Dhoni do? Asked by: Sandeep

A. Dhoni should open his mouth for starters and be candid about his association.

Q. These cricketers are a different type of politicians. They only want to make money whether it is Tendulakar, Dhoni, Gavaskar or any one else. Some are caught pants down? others are not caught that is the only difference? Asked by: prathap

A. Agree to a point.

Q. At the end of the day people wanted to make money, cricket player is no exception. Ultimately wealth counts, who bothers about conflict of interest except media? Asked by: kochappan

A. Other players who warrant selection worry too.

Q. For me Rhiti Sports and Dhoni is a lesser conflict of interest than India Cements and Dhoni, where he is a Vice President. Do you agree? Asked by: Santy

A. Similar, one at the IPL level one at the India level.

Q. Dhoni has selected/backed Raina and Jadeja when they were not in the best of form. The same leeway was not given to Sehwag or Gambhir. Though one may seem skeptical, Dhoni, for most of us is seen as a little partial to the CSK team members? Your take, sir. Asked by: Narayan

A. Some call it faith, some friendship, some comfort level and camaraderie but it boils down to the captains choice.

Q. Sir, firstly who has given permission to manage indian team players to Rhiti Sports firm? Do we need to blame BCCI firstly? How does player management firm work am confused. How does Indian government sports ministry associated with cricket?do we need to believe no other players before played the game never had conflict of interest? Is Dhoni the first person? Asked by: madhan

A. No, he is not the first and won't be the last but in the wake of all contentious issues this stands up as another issue that hurts Indian cricket.

First Published: June 4, 2013, 6:22 PM IST

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