Miffed BCCI to cancel ongoing India-New Zealand series

The board decided to take this drastic measure on the day the Lodha panel issued a letter to the banks, urging them to not give BCCI access to funds.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Updated: October 4, 2016 1:35 pm
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Reacting to Justice RM Lodha committee’s direction to banks to freeze its accounts, a disgruntled BCCI has decided to cancel the ongoing New Zealand series, which has a Test and five ODIs remaining.

According to a senior board official, the board was forced to take this step as its hands were tied. “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,” a top BCCI official said.

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The board decided to take this drastic measure on the day the Lodha panel issued a letter to the banks, urging them to not give BCCI access to funds. “It has come to the notice of this Committee that certain decisions have been taken at the ‘Emergent Working Committee’ meeting of the BCCI on 30th September 2016 to disburse large funds to the various member associations,” the letter stated.


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It further said: “As the status report is to be taken up for directions by the Hon’ble Court on Thursday, 6.10.2016, you are hereby directed not to take any steps towards financial disbursement of the amounts as resolved/approved after the direction dated 31.8.2016. Any violation of this direction will be placed before the Hon’ble Supreme Court for appropriate directions.”

The letter was also addressed to BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke, CEO Rahul Johri and treasurer Anirudh Choudhary. “You are aware that by way of this Committee’s direction dated 31.8.2016, no further decisions were to be taken regarding the future apart from routine matters. The disbursement of these amounts are not routine, and in any case, not emergent,” the committee said.

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The panel was further furious because the board had missed the first deadline for implementing the committee’s recommendations. “You are also aware that the BCCI has chosen to breach the judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court as well as the first set of Timelines set out by this Committee which includes the Fund Disbursement policy to be framed by 30.9.2016.”

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  1. S
    Oct 4, 2016 at 5:32 am
    The BCCI is full of corrupt people. The court order stands and is welcomed.
    1. S
      Oct 4, 2016 at 3:33 am
      SC vision : judicio-cracy and judicio-caliphate ! A judge will head every insution !
      1. S
        Oct 4, 2016 at 9:10 am
        This is a Judicio-caliphate, we will chose our own, we can't be disciplined, we are accountable to no one, we have power over everything in country, by the power of God ...
        1. C
          Oct 3, 2016 at 10:34 pm
          BCCI should be controlled. there is no law. gavaskars, shastries are ruling roast for 25 plus yrs. crorres of money without taxes. IPL is a big tamasha. Cricket needs to be cleaned up. No lousy cricket...who cares....crooks should be locked up. It is thakur now, earlier it was srini, before that...daalmiya.....pawar....all politicos in for money.
          1. J
            Oct 4, 2016 at 4:12 am
            BCCI got KLPD'd.lt;br/gt;What goes around comes around.lt;br/gt;Now start jailing them.
            1. I
              IML sood
              Oct 3, 2016 at 11:10 pm
              These supporters of BCCI are in league or back doors supporters who want to make loot in name of cricket.Their lordship is now going to dust and hue and cry in name of sports is only eye wash as except this game no other game provide them the chance to make a loot.Now camel will know his height while standing under a mountain.
              1. N
                Oct 4, 2016 at 7:21 am
                The fat cats pf BCCI dont want to leave the banquet table as yet,hence the they are using these threats to influence public opinion to turn against the Lodha Commision. They do not want to comply with the report because it will cost them the gravy train that is Indian cricket. They were clearly told to get rid of politicians from BCCI but this order was defied with impunity.Just look at the hierarchy of the organization. One politician after another. What cricketing credentials does Anurag Thakur bring to BCCI to become its Chairman? He is the designated overlord appointed by The BJP Govt. Through him they control the biggest sporting franchise in India and one of the richest in the world. Hope every last one of these scoundrels is thrown out and replaced by honest administraters with a decent cricketing background.
              2. P
                Oct 3, 2016 at 8:54 pm
                maaza aayega. when we will see all super rich ex cricketer crying on TV. and the real anger among all is BCCI wants to withdraw Indian Team from ICC champion's throphy. so that IPL can go on. Government should take over BCCI and appoint its people to run the show.
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