Rohan Gavaskar    Getty Images
Rohan Gavaskar Getty Images

Sunil Gavaskar‘s son Rohan has reportedly shut down his cricket coaching academy for underprivileged children due to conflict of interest. Rohan, who has represented India in ODIs, opted to keep his primary job, that is, television commentator, intact and closed the coaching academy based in Azad Maidan, Mumbai.

Rohan took to Facebook and confirmed the news saying, “Dear all, The Rohan Gavaskar cricket academy for under-privileged kids has to shut down due to a conflict of interest with my role as a commentator for BCCI on the domestic circuit. A big thank you for all your support to the academy while it was running. Much love.”

The academy was earlier based at Andheri Sports Complex before shifting base to Azad Maidan. Kids from BMC schools attended the academy and trained free of cost with best possible equipment and coaching staff. Many of his close friends took to Facebook and expressed disappointment on the closing of the cricket academy as it helped the poor children. Nonetheless, they also backed Rohan for opting for his main job. However, they urged him to find any other way to run the academy as well.

A curious user asked Rohan on how can a television commentator benefit from running a cricket academy, moreover when he or she is not part of the selection panel. Rohan replied, “I had to choose between the academy and my job… and yes I chose my job! I’m quite certain most people I know would do that. I’ll tell you what, since you don’t have to worry about conflict of interest with the job you have, maybe you could start an academy for the under privileged. I’ll sort the coaching staff out for you.”