Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri are chamchas of BCCI!


Oct 29, 2004
Gavaskar, Shastri deny BCCI contract is a conflict of interest - The Times of India

This newspaper can also reveal that the BCCI contract stipulates that any channel which is telecasting an international match on Indian soil will hire these two men on their commentary team. A similar contract, for a lower fee, had been signed with Harsha Bhogle too but was subsequently cancelled because then IPL commissioner Lalit Modi had not taken permission from the IPL Governing Council.

"Yes, both Shastri and Gavaskar are employed with the Board as commentators," a top BCCI official confirmed to Mumbai Mirror. "This pertains to all BCCI-owned cricket - international matches held in India, the IPL and the Champions League. We tell the TV companies that they have to take them on board as our official commentators."

When contacted, both Gavaskar and Shastri accepted they were centrally contracted by the Board, but did not see this as a conflict of interest, or as something that hampered them from freely airing their views.

Reacting to the revelation, respected media commentator Santosh Desai said: "There is no business for such people to be in the commentary box. But the scenario is hardly surprising, considering the BCCI works like a banana republic for which conflict of interest has never been an issue; in fact it actively creates them. I see this as a larger nexus between the Board, the commentators and the TV broadcasters. The onus has to be on individuals, especially if they are iconic sportsmen, to set an example and not become part of this co-option for personal gain."

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Jun 17, 2011
They are earning because of this chamchagiri only. Wt else do we expect from them ??


Aug 11, 2006
Shastri caught in 'conflict of interests' web: Cricket Next


I had very high regards to Shastri....but now its not the same....i was not aware of that these 2 people are with BCCI centrally contracted commentators by BCCI....

When they had arguments with their co commentators...i had a feeling how they are supporting india but now i realize that its the money which is speaking in the commentay box....they not supporting india rather they are just speaking on behalf of BCCI....

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