India-New Zealand series must go on, no reason to cancel: Justice Lodha

Justice Lodha has clarified that only BCCI's funds to state associations have been put on hold, and accounts haven't been frozen.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: October 4, 2016 2:19 pm
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Justice RM Lodha has defended and clarified the panel’s recommendations in the aftermath of BCCI’s decision to cancel the on-going India versus New Zealand series with a Test and five ODI’s to be played. He said the panel has asked the board to only stop disbursing funds to the state associations and not stop routine cricket matters.

“The panel has not asked BCCI to stop funds for routine matters. We’ve asked BCCI to stop giving large funds to state associations,” he told ANI.

 

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“This is a misinterpretation or miscommunication of the E-mail that was sent to the BCCI yesterday (on Monday). We have not frozen any of the accounts. Banks have been directed to ensure compliance of that, routine expenses for matches, cricket activities & administrative matters aren’t restraint,” he added.

Asked to clarify further on the cloud that surrounds the New Zealand tour of India, with England set to visit next, he said there is no cancellation of game or series.

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On their part, a New Zealand spokesperson said nothing has been communicated to them either on that front and as far as the Black Caps are concerned, the tour was going ahead as scheduled. “It’s the first time we’ve heard of it,” the spokesman told the media. “At the moment we are preparing to play the third test at Indore as scheduled,” he added.

Another point of contention between the Lodha panel recommendations and the BCCI is playing of next year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) and Champions Trophy. The schedule has India playing Australia first followed by the IPL and immediately the Champions Trophy in England. However, Lodha panel recommendations say there has to be a 15 day period before and after the IPL which won’t be possible if all three go ahead. This leaves India with the decision to take between the IPL or the Champions Trophy. Justice Lodha handed BCCI a lifeline on this dilemma.

“If Champions Trophy calendar was already settled a year back, our recommendations won’t affect that,” he said.

India have already won the three-match Test series 2-0 after a strong 178 run win at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The two teams now clash in Indore on Saturday (October 8).

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    Subbu
    Oct 4, 2016 at 6:40 am
    ANURAG THAKUR THE GANGSTER POLITICIAN OF DHARAM SHALA AND PRESENT PRESIDENT OF BCCI IS A CRIMINAL WHO DOES NOT OBEY SUPREME COURT ORDER MUST BE ARRESTED IMMEDIATELY AND MUST BE SACKED FROM PRESIDENT POST.HE THINKS HE CAN GET AWAY WITH ANY THING AS HE IS RULING PARTY MP AND MODI USES HIM TO BITE CONGRESS PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT IN PARLIMENT.HE IS ROUGUE AND
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      Subbu
      Oct 4, 2016 at 6:29 am
      THIS A PURE BLACK MAIL BY ANURAG THAKUR THE ROUGUE PRESIDENT OF BCCI WITH FULL SUPPORT OF MODI AND JAATLY ADVICE. IF THESE ROUGUE BJP HISTORY SHEETERS ARE GOING TO DISOBEY SUPREME COURT THEN INDIA IS HEADING TOWARDS ANARCHY. SHAME ON THESE GOONS.
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      Vish
      Oct 4, 2016 at 10:55 pm
      Who is this fellow playing God to say about test matches and arrogate to prevent funds for cricket matches? People should stalk this individual and give a Kejri treatment at first.
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        B. SRIDHAR
        Oct 4, 2016 at 12:05 pm
        BCCI should file a review peion and take on the Lodha Committe which has transgressed into uncallled for domains. They should heed to what Katju has opined in his blog!
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          B. SRIDHAR
          Oct 4, 2016 at 12:03 pm
          Initial terms of reference was only to examine the match fixing issue and gradually, the SC entered even in administrative matters which were originally not the terms of references. The BCCI is a registered society under Tamil Nadu Societies Act and has its own bye laws. If at all SC wanted to examine adminsitrative matters, that had to be within the ambit of the act ped by the embly of Tamil Nadu and therefore reflects the will of the people. This is not to say that every thing was hunky dory in BCCI. Certain things are no doubt forced through the throat of the BCCI. For example: the age factor, no politician should be in BCCI, one state one vote, are some of the things which are definitely not the domain of the SC. Even if we ume that these measures are necessary, then the question arises why only for cricket and why not other sports. Another point her is Cricket is the only sport and BCCI is the only sports body which does not need the istance of the governemnt and Cricket is the only better adminsitered sport. Be it Test Cricket, or One day or T20s OR EVEN IPL, the infrastructure for both players and spectators is of high cl. We can know if we go and watch an ISL match in any of the football stadium and we will know the difference. This act of committee is aimed at suppressing the existing Board in BCCI and nothing else.!
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            T DUTTA
            Oct 4, 2016 at 6:12 am
            IN A DEMOCRACY COURT ORDERS MUST BE FOLLOWED---------INDIA WILL CEASE TO REMAIN A DEMOCRACY IF SUPREME COURT ORDERS are not followed intentionally--IS THIS ACCEPTABLE TO THE MAJORITY POTION?
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              T DUTTA
              Oct 4, 2016 at 6:14 am
              in surgical operations civilians are not affected---SO SURGICAL OPERATION IS NECESSARY SO THAT CRICKETERS AND CRICKET FANS ARE NOT AFFECTED-----ONLY THE CROOKED FELLOWS WHO DEFY SUPREME COURT ORDERS MUST FACE THE MUSIC
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                Gangesh Gowri
                Oct 4, 2016 at 1:44 pm
                This is nothing but a BCCI ploy to get public sympathy. The state units are by no means cash-starved so as to cancel matches because of lack of funds from the Board. The officials of the Board are not above the game in the country. The panel is trying to cleanse the game and the officials must comply scrupulously rather than playing to the gallery by trying to arouse the ire against the strictures of the Apex Court.
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