The Supreme Court bench, headed by CJI TS Thakur, ordered a release of Rs. 1 .33 crore to BCCI, which would be used by the Board to host the remaining India versus England Test matches.
The Apex Court ordered the release of Rs. 1.33 crore for the Tests in Mumbai (December 8-12) and Chennai (December 16-20). Rs 25 lakh each has been alloted for the matches in the ODI and T20 series against England next year. India play three ODIs and three Twenty 20 internationals against England in January and February next year.
The BCCI does not have free access to its coffers since it has not complied with the reforms proposed by the Lodha committee. The reforms have been approved by the Supreme Court. On October 21, the top court passed an interim order asking the BCCI to “cease and desist” from disbursing funds to state associations until they gave an undertaking that they would adopt all the Lodha panel recommendations.
The Lodha panel reforms include several clauses like one-state-one-vote, age and tenure caps and forbidding ministers from occupying important BCCI positions. The 30-member BCCI has refused to accept these.Effectively, the Supreme Court, in an interim order, stopped the BCCI from making payments to state associations. However, the court has released funds required to conduct “routine” business.
The next hearing of the Lodha vs BCCI case is scheduled on December 9.