Ravi Shastri on not being able to comment in IPL during his coaching job in India: Stupid Clause

Former India coach Ravi Shastri on Tuesday called the BCCI’s conflict of interest clause, which prevented him from making IPL comments while with the national team, silly.

Ravi Shastri slams BCCI's 'stupid' conflict of interest clause (Ravi Shastri Twitter)

Ravi Shastri slams BCCI’s ‘stupid’ conflict of interest clause (Ravi Shastri Twitter)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Ravi Shastri accuses BCCI of withholding him from comment
  • Shastri has returned to the IPL comment panel this season
  • CSK and KKR face off in the opening game

Former Indian coach Ravi Shastri lashed out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) clause on Tuesday for long barring him from commentary in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Notably, BCCI had a conflict of interest clause that prevented Shastri from commenting while in the head coaching role. After quitting the job as national team coach, Shastri returns to commentary in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after more than five years.

“This is the 15th edition of the IPL. I did the first 11 years and then, thanks to a stupid conflict of interest clause that exists in a stupid constitution that binds us, you couldn’t do the last few seasons,” Shastri told an official broadcaster of IPL 2022, Star Sports. organized press conference.

Shastri, 59, has made a name for himself behind the mic following his career as an Indian player and fans will once again hear the former all-rounder’s booming voice in the commentary box. Shastri also expressed his displeasure with the specific clause last December.

Along with Shastri, former India batter Suresh Raina will also be part of Star Sports’ elite commentary panel for the upcoming 15th edition of the lucrative tournament.

Speaking of Raina’s IPL exploits, Shastri said, “You call him Mr. IPL, I can’t disagree. He’s lit up the IPL, playing back-to-back seasons for a team without missing a game is a really big compliment in itself. He’s one of the top scorers in the history of the competition.”

The 2022 IPL begins on Saturday with a match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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