The Supreme Court directed the BCCI to freeze all financial transactions with state associations unless they implement the Lodha Committee recommendations, raising fears that it would adversely affect the growth of cricket at domestic level. Funds, after all, are required for all-round development of the game and the major source of money for these associations is the annual grant from the BCCI.
Incidentally, Rajasthan Cricket Association is one such body that has not received any funds from the BCCI for the past four years. Yet, it continues to conduct state-level tournaments and hold regular camps for Ranji Trophy and other age-group teams. The RCA has even conducted specialised camps under Gary Kirsten and Ian Pont's supervision. Earlier this year, it also rolled out a pension scheme for the state's former cricketers who are not covered under the BCCI's scheme.
The question being asked is, how is the RCA managing without BCCI's funds? And if RCA can manage why other associations are so worried? "It is definitely difficult, but not impossible," Pawan Goyal, RCA treasurer told TOI. The association has not received funds from BCCI since 2014 when Lalit Modi was declared as the RCA president. In fact, the dues for 2013-14 are also stuck up as the BCCI has refused to release it.
"When I took over as the treasurer (in 2014), RCA had Rs 27 crore in its account," Goyal said. "Now, we have just Rs 5 crore. A state association like ours needs around Rs 7-8 crore per year for smooth functioning. We are in a spot of bother now after managing the show for four years with what we had.
During this period, the RCA also had to pay approximately Rs 12 crore in taxes. "That is part of the whole deal," Goyal admitted. Incidentally, because of the suspension, the RCA has not been able to host any international or IPL matches, which are a major source of revenue for state associations.
Although the BCCI conducts Ranji Trophy matches in Jaipur, it is supposed to pay RCA Rs 1 lakh per day for using the facilities. The RCA is yet to be reimbursed on that count, too.
In these three years the RCA has not been able to build infrastructure. "We have been able to maintain Sawai Mansingh Stadium, but have not really been able to add more facilities," Goyal said.
Also, the RCA would have liked to have a longer camp under Kirsten's supervision. "We had to settle for a 10-day camp because of our financial limitations."
The RCA received Rs 28 crore from the BCCI for 2012-13 season. They should have got Rs 60 crore for 2015-16 had the RCA not been suspended. With that kind of money, the state associations should not be too worried about the immediate future if the flow of funds is chocked.