The continuing impasse between the board and the Lodha panel has put the England series under a cloud.
Background: After the court had frozen the fund the board had disposed/allocated to its associates, secretary Ajay Shirke had sought directions from the committee whether they could ask ECB to make their payments as BCCI can’t carry out financial transactions. This was asked since the home board makes all the arrangements and payments for the visiting team during a bilateral series.
Lodha panel’s response: “The proposed MoU between BCCI and ECB concerns bilateral cricketing policy, the formulation of which is not a part of the mandate of the Committee. As far as payments are concerned, if they are to be made directly by the BCCI, no directions can be given by this Committee until relevant details are furnished by the BCCI.”
Deloitte Report: The committee has set a November 8 deadline to the board to provide reports by accounting firm Deloitte on four state units– Odisha, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir and Hyderabad–before deciding on disbursal of funds for their players’ payments, allowances and other expenditures.
Another reminder: The committee again urged BCCI president Thakur “to give an unqualified undertaking on behalf of the BCCI to unreservedly comply with the order of the Hon’ble Supreme Court dated 21st October 2016.” Also, the board has to furnish all necessary information regarding appointment of an independent auditor and awarding of IPL tenders by November 8.
Vendor bender: In response to secretary Ajar Shirke’s seeking of directives on appointment of vendors for international and domestic season, besides the IPL, the Lodha Panel responded: “Please note that neither identification nor appointment of vendors or contractors is the task or function of the Committee. The Committee is only required to fix a threshold value and approving awards of contracts above such