Escalating the ongoing standoff with the Justice RM Lodha committee, the BCCI, while claiming to seek directions on signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), has asked the panel if the home board should tell the England team to foot their stay and travel bills during the forthcoming tour of India.
“What happens in an MoU is that we sign an agreement where we will bear expenses of the English cricket team,” a top BCCI official, who didn’t want to be named, told The Indian Express.
“We will pay for their hotel stay, travelling and other things, as it is a bilateral series. When we travel to England to play any bilateral series, they pay for us. We need clarity on these issues also, whether we can pay or not? Or shall we tell England team to pay for their stay and travel?”
In a letter to the Lodha panel, the BCCI has also sought guidance on, among other things, how to pay the players and officials currently participating in the Ranji Trophy and other board tournaments, and make arrangements for their travel and accommodation as the Supreme Court has ordered the board not to release the funds to those bodies which haven’t implemented the committee’s recommendations.
Many associations, such as Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Goa, had requested the board to release their share of the funds so that they could conduct various tournaments in their region.
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“If funds are not been provided then cricket in many regions will be grounded. The associations pay allowances to the teams who are playing on their grounds. As the Ranji Trophy is happening at neutral venues this year, the associations have to bear the expenditure of two teams. There are various expenses related umpires, match officials, team bus, air travel and teams’ stay in hotels. We need the committee’s direction now, how shall we go about, how to tackle these issues.
“We have also requested the committee if they can appoint vendors for 2017 IPL season. There are more than 100 appointment to be made every year and as we are bound by the committee order, we can’t appoint them,” the official added.
MCA SGM on November 7
Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has called its special general body meeting on November 7 to discuss the Lodha Committee’s recommendations. An agenda regarding the same was circulated among all MCA members.
It reads: “To consider amendment to Memorandum of Association Rules and Bye-Laws of Mumbai Cricket Association based on the recommendation of Justice R.M. Lodha (Retd) Committee.”
MCA president Sharad Pawar, on July 24, had stated the MCA will be accepting Lodha Committee recommendations but later took a U-turn after the BCCI decided not accept many of the suggestions.
“We discussed the Lodha Committee recommendations and the Supreme Court judgment and unanimously approved all recommendations given by the Supreme Court. Now we will first redraw the constitution, get the draft approved by the managing committee before calling a Special General Meeting to get the amended constitution passed. We have six months’ time,” the seasoned politician had said few months ago.