World’s one of the richest cricket body the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now so helpless that it cannot bear the expenses of the England team. BCCI has requested the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to bear their team’s expenses including accommodation, travel, hotel and the other arrangements. The England-India Test series starting on 9th November in Rajkot.
BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke in a letter to the England cricket team manager Phil Neal explained the Board’s inability to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) due to lack of pronouncement by Supreme Court appointed Lodha Committee.
As per the agreement the host country, here, India will pay the expenses of the visiting team, England including travel and hotel stay. But in this case, BCCI is unable to do that.
Shirke wrote, “Dear Phil, I warmly welcome you for the upcoming cricket series. I am however at great pains to inform you that the BCCI is at present not in a position to execute the MoU between the Indian Cricket Board and the ECB. This is due to restrictions on the execution of contracts imposed on the BCCI by a Court order.”
Before writing the letter to Neal, Shirke said that on 28th October, BCCI has referred this issue to the Lodha committee and sought urgent permission for the execution of the MoU. “Thereafter I have also sent the hon’ble committee a request again today. However, the Committee while seeking further details a short while ago earlier today, has not yet granted us this permission.”
In reply to BCCI, Lodha said that the MoU between BCCI and ECB, was a bilateral cricketing policy and forming cricket policy was not part of the committee’s mandate. The committee made it clear on Thursday that until the BCCI furnished the ‘relevant details’ of the Lodha reforms, the committee would not be able to make any payments.
The letter to Neal also read, “Certain courtesies such as hotel, travel and various other arrangements have been extended to you on arrival of the team in India. However, till the MoU is executed, the BCCI is not in a position to commit to paying for the same. Please make arrangements to remit such payments. The BCCI will inform you as and when further instructions are received by the BCCI from the Lodha Committee.”
In the letter, Shirke apologized on behalf of the BCCI for the inconvenience.