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Former India pacer and present junior selection committee chairman Venkatesh Prasad found himself breaching a BCCI conflict of interest rule. Prasad decided to be a TV commentator for Karnataka Premier League (KPL) without taking the permission of BCCI. The board is of the opinion that Prasad should resign as Chairman of the junior selection committee and take up the television gig. Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) had recently released the commentators list that featured former Australians like Brett Lee, Michael Hussey and Dean Jones. New Zealand s Daniel Vettori will also be part of the commentary team. From India, Prasad s name was part of the panel that also includes VB Chandrasekhar, Sunil Joshi, Fazal Khaleel and Charu Sharma.

Prasad s name in the list caught BCCI s attention. An official told The Indian Express: The BCCI has been tough on conflict of interest rules. Rahul Dravid was made to choose between India U-19 coach job and IPL. The rule is clear: if you are on board s payroll, you can t work anywhere else. Everyone has to fill a declaration form now. Prasad can t be part of KPL commentary team.

The conflict of interest issue came into prominence through Ramachandra Guha s letter to CoA. Guha had mentioned Sunil Gavaskar, who handles Professional Management Group (PMG) that manages cricketers like Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant. Gavaskar continues to work as BCCI commentator as