BCCI Still Confused Over Payment Issue


New Delhi: In the wake of Lodha Committee report, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) brass on Wednesday said the cricket board is still “confused” over the kind of payments that can be made from the two bank accounts which had come under the scanner of the Supreme Court-appointed panel.

Sources in BCCI said the cricket board is awaiting the judgement of the Supreme Court on Thursday on the issue to get clarity on the subject, which is crucial for continuance of the ongoing series with New Zealand.

Amid the logjam, BCCI president Anurag Thakur on Wednesday wrote a letter to the state associations, saying “confusion” prevails over payments that the Board can make even after Justice (retd) Lodha had asked the banks to defreeze the accounts in the two banks Yes Bank and Bank of Maharashtra.

“When the reports came in the media, the Lodha Committee clarified on October 4 that bank accounts should be defreezed. The committee said only routine payments were to be permitted without specifying any guidelines on this. The banks asked the commission for these guidelines but they have not yet been given,” Thakur wrote.

“There is thus still a lot of confusion on what payments can be cleared and in fact the Committee has stated that no payments are to be made to state associations and has also directed state associations not to deal with funds transferred by the BCCI.

“Unfortunately, this also affected the image of India and the BCCI adversely as various international newspapers have also carried articles of the freezing and de-freezing of bank accounts of the BCCI,” he added.

The Lodha panel, however, had told banks to not disburse funds from the BCCI accounts to state associations with regards to only two specific payments, and later clarified that it can carry on with its routine expenses. In another e-mail, the panel also warned the the state units not to touch the recent funds disbursed by the BCCI between September 29 and October 1.

When contacted to get clarity with regard to the ongoing series, Thakur said, “BCCI does not own any ground. It is the state associations who host matches. If the state associations can host the matches, they must do so.”

At the same time, he said there will be difficulty in hosting matches if any state association does not have adequate funds.

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