The DDCA, on Monday, requested the BCCI to release the telecast-rights revenue due to them. The amount of Rs 10 crore, that the national body passed on to each unit every year, will help the cash-strapped association to clear the long overdue entertainment tax.
By coming clean on the tax issue, the DDCA hopes to clear the big hurdle that stands in the way of hosting the final India-South Africa Test next month. Though, it remains to be seen if the DDCA manages to meet Tuesday’s deadlines set by the BCCI.
At it’s AGM earlier this month, BCCI president Shashank Manohar had said that if DDCA wishes to host the Test, it should get all necessary clearances by November 17.
Speaking on the issue DDCA treasurer Ravinder Manchanda said: “Yes, I wrote the letter to the board. It’s an annual amount which every state association gets as part of the revenue earned via telecast rights. So I requested the board to release an amount of Rs 10 crore.”
He went on to add that since the DDCA had submitted the balance sheet for the last two years, there was no reason for the BCCI to stop the grant. “We have submitted the balance sheets of the last two years and they have been ratified by the executive committee. If we get the requested grant, it would allow us to pay the entertainment tax. We are hopeful that BCCI would take it into consideration and release the amount,” Manchanda said.
With the Delhi government declaring Chhath holiday Tuesday, the DDCA is expected to request the BCCI for more time to resolve the tax issue.
“We will evaluate at the end of the day and see what we have at hand. If there is a situation where we have substantial clearances on our side, and feel we are on track to get the remaining, we would request the board some time to get the rest,” DDCA president Sneh Bansal said.
Bansal added that there are certain clearances — like fire and safety — which are furnished only a couple of days ahead of the match.
“See the entertainment tax is the only issue. Rest all clearances are routine affair. We have been hosting matches for long a time, and IPL matches regularly every year. We will sort all these without any trouble and should host the fourth Test,” Bansal said.