Junior National Selector Rakesh Parikh Faces Conflict of Interest Charges

Rakesh parikh is a former Baroda Ranji Trophy player. (Image for representational use only).

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New Delhi: After senior selection committee member Vikram Rathour, it is the turn of junior national selection committee member Rakesh Parikh, who faces allegations of conflict of interest for being an administrator as well as a paid selector of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. (Read more cricket stories here)

BCCI ombudsman AP Shah has forwarded a complaint filed by independent journalist and activist Niraj Gunde to Board president Shashank Manohar and GM (Game Development) Ratnakar Shetty, asking them to reply by February 6.

According to the complaint, former Baroda Ranji Trophy player Parikh represented the state cricket association during the Board’s AGM in September last year, when he was appointed a selector in the junior selection committee.

A part of the complaint states: “The appointment is done at the AGM of the BCCI, where the General Body decides. Mr Parikh was the part of the General Body of the BCCI that appointed him junior national selector from West Zone, for which role, he will be paid Rs 40 lakh per annum. He was therefore a judge of his own cause and clearly conflicted when he was appointed.”

The 52-year-old Parikh, who played as a batsman for Baroda between 1983/84-1995/96, is the second national selector to face allegations of Conflict of Interest after senior selection committee member Rathour, who faces allegations that he has been appointed a selector despite being British passport holder.

Source: NDTV

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