The Supreme Court rejected the BCCI’s request to release an amount of INR 3.79 crore for India’s limited-overs matches against England next year © BCCI
The Supreme Court of India has allowed the BCCI to release INR 1.33 crore to the state associations of Mumbai and Tamil Nadu for hosting the final two Tests of the England series. The fourth Test starts in Mumbai on Thursday and the final match is scheduled from December 16.
On Wednesday morning the BCCI filed a plea seeking funds to host the remaining matches of the England series after the court in its interim order of October 21 had curtailed the boards’s financial freedom by asking to “cease and desist” from disbursing any money to the state associations till they complied with the Lodha Committee’s recommendations. In November, the court had granted an amount of INR 58.66 lakh (USD 86,000 approx) for each of the first three Tests of the England series.
On Wednesday, TS Thakur, the chief justice of India, told the BCCI that it would need to provide an elaborate list of expenses incurred during the five Tests, which he said would be audited. Thakur also rejected the BCCI’s request to release an amount of INR 3.79 crore as advance money for the limited-overs leg of the tour. Instead, the court allowed a maximum of INR 25 lakh per match for the three ODIs and three T20Is that will be played between January 15 and February 1.
The BCCI had also asked the court to allow it to release funds to cater to expenses incurred by state associations hosting various domestic tournaments, but Thakur did not permit that.
During the hearing, Lodha Committee secretary Gopal Sankaranarayanan observed that all the state associations hosting the England matches had incidentally refused to comply with the court’s order to implement the reforms in toto. Aksed if that would benefit these state associations, Sankaranarayanan said it would, considering the venues were getting ticket money and sponsorships.
Nagraj Gollapudi is a senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo
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