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Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has moved the Supreme Court seeking disbursal of funds for hosting the first Test against England in Rajkot. The central cricket board has been barred from releasing funds to state associations without prior approval from the Lodha panel.
Hearing the preliminary arguments, counsel representating BCCI said the board cannot do the England series which starts on Wednesday in Rajkot unless Lodha panel disburses money.
In reply, Amicus said the BCCI is in contempt. With the court scheduled to hear further arguments on Tuesday at 3:30 pm.
Lodha panel on their part have opposed the BCCI submission and believe the cricket body is in contempt of the Supreme Court directive. Further the apex court bench will consult the Chief Justice of India.
Both teams are already in Rajkot and undergoing the final practices before the first of the five Tests. There were reports earlier where BCCI had asked the England Cricket Board (ECB) had asked the visitors to foot the bill until funds were made available for hotel stay, travel and other arrangements.
BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke had raised doubts over hosting of the series despite ECB agreeing to pay for the expenses and the spokesperson suggesting the series was going ahead as planned.
“We have other issues also regarding the England series, because we have a number of contracts to sign – DRS, caterers, the insurance policy, the insurance to be purchased; a lot of things. As per the Supreme Court order, we can’t enter into a contract without the Lodha Committee’s approval. Now, these are all contracts and the Lodha Committee was told (by the apex court) to appoint an auditor and set a threshold limit, which they haven’t done (yet). So the England series could still be in jeopardy in spite of England having agreed to make arrangements to remit the payments,” Shirke had told The Sunday Express.