The new victim of the BCCI-Lodha Committee tussle is the Rajasthan girls Under-19 team. The Rajasthan girls under-19 team landed in Indore to participate in a week-long tournament without a rupee to spend their personal needs.
The BCCI sent a reminder to the Lodha committee to approve the payments. The board sent the reminder on Wednesday evening but BCCI hasn’t got any response from the panel. BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said that without funds several Rajasthan teams won’t be able to play next round of their tournaments.
The BCCI alleged that the board did not have anything to pay to the team. The Lodha Committee remained same in their position. The panel said it will not react to anything until the cricket board will give an undertaking that it will obey the October 21st SC order.
After the government order to ban 500 and 1000 currency notes, until Wednesday the girls’ team was concern how they would manage. On Thursday, when they heard that the board unable to pay the mandatory allowance of Rs 500 per player per day in the first place because of the court order, the girls were shocked.
Many girls in the team do not have their own account. More than 10 girls are under 16 years, one girl is 15 years old. Captain Sangita Kumavat is senior among the girls, she if 17 years and vice-captain Suman Meena is 16 years old.
A source said, the girls couldn’t even borrow money from their parents as they were in the camp. They were waiting for the tournament.
The team manager, Komal Chaudhary said, “There’s no money for even basic needs like eating, emergency medicines and first-aid or local travel.”
The board supposed to take care of their hotel bookings, travel to Indore and return.
After got aware of the trouble, a Lodha Committee source said, “Can you tell me what their daily allowance is? Please ask one of the members of the travelling contingent to share a bank account number with me. I will transfer funds from my personal account. At no point should the kids suffer because of what is going on.”
Last year BCCI had constituted an ad hoc committee for managing cricket in Rajasthan. The duty of the committee is to ensure the participation of Rajasthan teams in different BCCI tournaments.