The BCCI on November 8 approached the Supreme Court asking for funds to conduct the first Test between India and England at Rajkot, scheduled to start from November 9. The Board stated it may have to cancel the first Test if the funds were not released soon.
It may be noted an SC interim order had barred the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from entering into contracts without taking permission of Lodha Committee, who would fix a limit for spending.
But, at the same time, the order doesn’t prevent the BCCI from carrying out a cricket tour and paying for the visitors.
While this was so, Justice Lodha Committee opposed the BCCI’s submission to the court. The panel said the cash-rich Board was in contempt of the court for not following the SC’s guidelines.
As per media reports, Board secretary Ajay Shirke had said the BCCI’s hands were tied as the Justice Lodha committee has neither fixed the threshold limit nor has it appointed an auditor in line with the October 21 SC order.
Hence, the Board approached the court, stating agreements with certain vendors have to be entered into for which the Lodha panel has to fix the threshold limit. It has not set one so far.
If the SC doesn’t issue an order allowing the board to enter into certain contracts, then the chances of the first Test being played were bleak, said Shirke, as per media reports.
It may be recalled that last month, the SC rapped BCCI, its president Anurag Thakur and GM (cricket operation) Ratnakar Shetty for disobeying Justice Lodha panel’s directions and ordered the BCCI to stop giving out funds to state units till they adhered to the panel’s recommendations.