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BCCI president Sourav Ganguly to step down from Mohun Bagan role to avoid conflict of interest

Arjun Singh Devgan
Sourav Ganguly is set to step down in his role at ATK Mohun Bagan
Sourav Ganguly is set to step down in his role at ATK Mohun Bagan / DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/GettyImages

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president and cricketing legend, Sourav Ganguly will step down from the board of ATK Mohun Bagan after RPSG Ventures won the bid for the Lucknow franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

According to ANI, Ganguly has already started the process of stepping down from his role at Mohun Bagan, which currently participates in the Indian Super League (ISL) as he is not only one of the directors of the club but also a shareholder.

RPSG vice-chairman, Sanjiv Goenka who is the owner of Mohun Bagan as well as the yet unnamed Lucknow franchise, opened up on the issue of conflict of interest while speaking to reporters on Monday.

"Well, I think he (Ganguly) is going to step down from Mohun Bagan completely... I think today. It is for Sourav to make the announcement. I mean, sorry. I think I pre-empted it."

Ganguly would fall foul of "direct or indirect interest" conflict rule under the BCCI constitution if he carried on his functions at both BCCI and Mohun Bagan, which would lead to a number of issues for both the individual and the institution.

This move means that Ganguly would now only carry out duties as the president of the BCCI.