BCCI today moved to the Supreme Court for disbursal of funds to the state cricket associations. The cricket body threatened to cancel the first India-England Test at Rajkot unless they end the freeze on bank accounts.
The bench comprising Justice A M Khanwilkar and A R Dave today said that they will discuss the matter with the Chief justice T S Thakur and CJI will take a call when to hear the BCCI plea.
BCCI filed a petition 24 hours before the starting of the Test that it was not possible to cover the expenditure of the match. The petition said, “Unless money is disbursed to the board, the match between India and England can’t take place.”
Senior advocate Kapil Sibal said, “There is a problem in holding the test match commencing from tomorrow. We cannot release funds. There is an order of the Supreme Court asking state cricket associations to file undertakings that they will comply with the Lodha panel recommendations. This has not been done so far.”
When Justice A R Dave asserted that he will discuss with the CJI about the plea, if it would be heard tomorrow or not, Sibal then said that if money is not given then tomorrow the match will be cancelled.
The counsel told the Lodha panel that the Board did not obey the court’s order. Sibal stated that Lodha panel can carry on in contempt but they “cannot stall the matches”.
Earlier, SC clearly stated that until the state cricket bodies file an undertaking that they obey the Lodha committee’s recommendations, there will be no disposal of funds.
The Lodha panel accused BCCI that the world’s one of the richest cricket bodies continuously ignored the deadlines to implement the reforms and the officials “behaving like lords”.
However, the cricket is suffering for the so-called BCCI and Lodha committee battle. It is uncertain whether the cricket fans will enjoy the first Test against England tomorrow or not. Nothing can be worst for the cricket lovers than this.