BCCI trying to take cricket, players and fans for ransom, suggests Lodha panel secretary

Lodha panel secretary Gopal Sankaranarayanan has clarified that large funds cannot be distributed to state associations.

Written by Shamik Chakrabarty | Updated: October 5, 2016 10:34 am
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The Lodha Committee reacted to The Indian Express story, saying that nowhere has the panel directed the cricket board to stop its routine affairs, including the ongoing cricket series against New Zealand. The secretary of the Lodha Committee, Gopal Sankaranarayanan, also clarified that the instruction doesn’t freeze the cricket board’s bank accounts.

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“The email that was sent yesterday on behalf of the Committee, makes it clear that the BCCI is not permitted to distribute large funds to state associations without actually complying with the timelines of the Committee. The directive didn’t freeze the accounts of the BCCI at all and clearly permitted routine matters to continue. The present cricket calendar as well as the Test matches are part of the routine functions of the BCCI, which are permitted and can continue. This has nothing to do with the more than thousand crores that the BCCI top functionaries were attempting to distribute among the state associations prior to the Supreme Court’s hearing on October 6.

“Their (cricket board) attitude seems to be that unless you allow us to siphon away more than half the funds in the coffers of the BCCI, we will make cricket, the players and the fans pay the price,” Sankaranarayanan, told The Indian Express.

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Earlier, a senior BCCI official told this paper that they would be “forced” to cancel the ongoing series against New Zealand following the Committee’s direction to banks to “freeze the accounts”.

“We have no option other than to call off the India-New Zealand series as our banks have decided to freeze BCCI accounts. We don’t want India to be humiliated in front of the world. How can we function, how can we hold any games now? Who will make the payment? Freezing a bank account is no joke. An international team is here, and there is so much at stake,” the board official had said.

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    Oct 4, 2016 at 6:18 am
    1. Mayur Panghaal
      Oct 4, 2016 at 6:46 am
      Now imagine this chor media like Timesnow,ABP,Newsx,Indiatoday etc if these were AAP cadre or CPI or SFI cadre.lt;br/gt;The battle against these thugs ruling the country will be carried on till the end.
      1. D
        Oct 4, 2016 at 6:21 am
        itn't that awesome. they cool
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          Sultan Mahmood
          Oct 4, 2016 at 11:54 am
          Indian pressutes media, which is why the ruling oligarchy elite chooses media outlets who are mostly without experience and knowledge is an excellent tool for the oligarchy. Indian Hindus and Indian liberals actually believed that Modi government on his own could make a difference. Apparently, the gullibility of a majority of Indians is endless. This Indian hallmark of gullibility is why a handful of Zionist's globalists have been pouring fait $ in India economy to fatten Indians and easily lead the sheeple into devastating war and slaughter of 1 billion to reduce the too big world for Pax- Judaica to rule a sizeable world, Indian fools must wake-up or else it's going to be be too late.lt;br/gt;All Indian media outlets must prioritise human rights for all Indians citizens including kashmiri people, and must take initiative denouncing [7] hundred thousand Indian military personal's tyranny in Kashmir, and help stop bleeding of innocence Kashmiri children. Give Kashmir people their democratic right of self-determination rule; Indian government should announce referendum in Kashmir, just as Scottish people were allowed for referendum in UNITED KINGDUM. Let see proof of Indian people performing a proper democratic principles, otherwise Indian may stop pretending before the world that India is a democracy. lt;br/gt;The criminal Indian executive government must immediately be removed from power in Delhi before the insane fools start World War 3. The RAW and Mr Been must be put under tight constraints. Life on the planet is at stake. No more provocations from Delhi. The insanity must stop. Now.
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            S Venkataraman
            Oct 4, 2016 at 8:31 am
            Let the committee not think that it is supreme. Now that they have frozen the bank accounts, it would be appropriate for the board to call off all the matches scheduled hereafter. Let the committee explain to the w world justifying its action and face the consequences.
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