Days after being censured by the Supreme Court, the Indian cricket board has called a special general body meeting on October 15 to discuss the interim order. While reserving the final order for October 17, the Apex court had in the interim frozen the recent fund transfer from BCCI to state associations, saying only those units who accept to implement reforms could use the money.
This SGM in New Delhi will help decide the future course of action – whether the associations want to fall in line with the court or stay defiant. “Associations like Jammu & Kashmir, and Rajasthan are being looked after by the board. If SC order is accepted than board will have no choice but to stop funds of these two teams. Which in result will see these two teams not playing the ongoing Ranji Trophy and other junior tournaments. The members will decide whether to go by SC order or take a firm stand,” a top BCCI official said.
Most of the big associations have big cash reserves and won’t be hit by the court decision for now. The small units like Goa, Orissa, and the disputed ones like Rajasthan, J&k face financial crunch. Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) is waiting for Lodha Committee directives after the association has accepted the Supreme Court panel in totality. “We have accepted all reforms long time back and even had sent it to Lodha Committee, but we are yet to here anything. The BCCI has suspended us so we are not allowed to attend any meetings too. We have been not receiving any funds for past few years now and board owes us nearly 100 crores,” Sumendra Tiwari, secretary of Rajasthan Cricket Association said.
Rajasthan is not only association to accept Lodha’s recommendation, Vidharba Cricket Association too had called special general body meeting where they too had decided to accept the committee’s recommendations. The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) is one association, which has had an hand-to-mouth existence as they have not been receiving the regular grants over the past three years from the BCCI because its books of accounts are not in order.
The DDCA is managing with ‘meager funds’ according to its treasurer Ravinder Manchanda. The Feroz Shah Kotla is to host the second ODI against New Zealand on October 20 but the association is struggling to make both ends meet.
Manchanda has asked the BCCI for an amount of Rs 1.50 crore as hosting fees for the second ODI. “I have asked the BCCI to release Rs 1.5 crore as hosting fees for the ODI against New Zealand. If we get that money it will help us. I am confident that the DDCA will sail through. We have about Rs 2 crore but our monthly expenses including salaries, electricity and other expenses amounts to Rs 70 lakh. Moreover, as the domestic season is on we have to also account for the various expenses of our teams, including the Ranji Trophy side,” Manchanda said.
The hosting fees and gate money, DDCA received for the World T20 matches and the IPL has been used to keep the association floating. At least 18 association had written letters to the board last week stating that they can’t hosts domestic games if their funds are stopped association, but it was squashed by the Supreme Court.