BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) may call off the ongoing India-New Zealand series which has one test and five ODI’s remaining. Justice Lodha committee ordered banks to freeze accounts of the BCCI. Lodha committee on Monday directed two banks to not pay any funds from BCCI accounts to 25 state associations.
In a letter the committee said to Yes Bank and Bank of Maharashtra, “It has come to the notice of this Committee that certain decisions have been taken at the BCCI’s 30 September meeting, to disburse large funds to the various member associations.” The committee said, “You are aware that by way of this committee’s direction dated 31 August, 2016, no further decisions were to be taken regarding the future apart from routine matters. The disbursement of these amounts are not routine, and in any case, not emergent.”
The committee further stated to the banks that they were also aware that the BCCI has chosen to breach Supreme Court’s judgment as the committee set up the first set of timelines that also include Fund Disbursement policy to be framed by 30th August, 2016.
The statement added, “As the status report is to be taken up for directions by the court on Thursday, you are hereby directed not to take any steps towards financial disbursement of the amounts as resolved/approved after the direction dated 31.8.2016.” If there will be any violations of the direction then it will be placed before the Supreme Court for ‘appropriate directions’.
A senior board official said that the board was forced to take the decision to call off the ongoing India-New Zealand series. “We don’t want India to be humiliated in front of the world. How can we function, how can we hold any games now? Who will make the payment? Freezing a bank account is no joke. An international team is here, and there is so much at stake.”
Lodha committee asked the Supreme Court to renovate the BCCI and appoint new officials in place of the present members. But BCCI already breached the SC’s order by announcing their new selection panel and choose Ajay Shirke as the secretary.
Lodha Committee Gives Clarification
After the BCCI gave the threat to cancel the New Zealand series the Lodha committee explained that it didn’t direct the banks to freeze the BCCI accounts and it can continue with its routine expenses.
Mr. R M Lodha gave the clarification, “We have not frozen the accounts of BCCI, we have directed the BCCI to not disburse funds to the State associations. Day to day affairs, routine expenditure, matches, games, that should go on. There is absolutely no prohibition.”
He also said that the matter was the misinterpretation of the e-mail that they sent to BCCI. They directed the banks “to ensure compliance of that” but cricket activities, routine expenses of matches and administrative matters was not asked to restrained.
He clarified there is no cancellation of game or series.
India have already won the Test series against New Zealand by 2-0. The third match will be held on Saturday in Indore.