The Lodha Committee has granted permission to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to disburse funds directly to the players and officials of Rajasthan for the Ranji Trophy and all board-organised tournaments, according to an Indian Express report.
The communication came on November 15 (Tuesday) after the cricket board had sought clarification, particularly about payments to the Rajasthan Ranji team and the various age-group teams from the state.
The Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) was suspended in May, 2014. The suspension came in the aftermath of Lalit Modi being elected as their state board president, despite being expelled by the BCCI previously. Subsequently, RCA was omitted from the 2014-15 domestic season. The cricketing affairs of the state are governed by a special ad hoc committee appointed by the BCCI.
Ajay Shirke, the BCCI secretary had written to the Supreme Court-appointed committee about the financial crunch surrounding the Rajasthan teams and had stated that they would not be able to play their next round matches without funds.
"The Hon'ble Justice Lodha Committee has communicated today to the CEO of the BCCI (Rahul Johri) that payments to players and officials can be made directly to them as per the agreed existing terms. This is for all BCCI-organised tournaments. We didn't have problems for all state associations. They pay themselves (to their players). Because the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) is suspended, the problem was only for them," Shirke told Indian Express.
As per an order by the Supreme Court on October 21 (Friday), BCCI was not allowed to distribute funds to the state associations until they submitted affidavits complying with the recommendations of the committee within a couple of weeks.
Currently, the Rajasthan Ranji team is playing against Karnataka in Vizianagram in their Group B match while the other men's and women's sides from the state are participating in different national-level competitions. Apart from this, Rajasthan will be seen in two more Group B matches before the end of the league stage where they would play against Delhi in Wayanad from November 21 and Vidarbha in Mumbai from December 7.