BCCI moves Supreme Court seeking funds for Mumbai, Chennai Tests vs England

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has moved the honourable Supreme Court, seeking funds to host the final two Test matches of the series against England.BCCI councilor Kapil Sibbal moved the apex court today seeking a grant of Rs 1.33 crore for the upcoming Test matches in Mumbai (December 8-12) and Chennai (December 16-20).Supreme Court has asked Justice RM Lodha committee to respond and will have a hearing today at 3 PM.India currently lead the five-match series 2-0 after draw in Rajkot and victories in Visakhapatnam and Mohali.The Supreme Court adjourned the December 6 hearing regarding the Lodha panel recommendations and BCCI’s reluctance to accept all recommendations till December 9 as Justice TS Thakur was unwell today and could not take up any case.The Lodha Committee was appointed after the ‘conflict of interest’ issue sparked a controversy in Indian cricket.The Lodha Committee, in its  first status report submitted to the apex court on September 28, had asked for the removal of the present set of BCCI of office-bearers, to be replaced by a group of independent administrators.  In its third status report submitted on November 14, the committee altered the demand a bit, asking for the disqualification of office-bearers of the BCCI and all state associations, who become ineligible as per the apex court’s July 18 order, and the appointment of former Union home secretary GK Pillai as “observer”.On October 21, the top court passed an interim order asking the BCCI to “cease and desist” from disbursing funds to state associations until the association gave a written resolution that it would adopt all the recommendations approved by the court.advertisementThe court also asked BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke to meet the Lodha committee within two weeks from the date of that order and submit an”affidavit of compliance”, elaborating on the recommendations already implemented by the BCCI and what it had done to persuade the state associations to adopt the remaining recommendations. (10 times Supreme Court showed BCCI who is boss)On October 1, the board had accepted many of the “significant recommendations” of the Lodha committee. However, it excluded the important ones which have been bone of contention between the cricket body and the Lodha Panel.The recommendations, which have still not been accepted by the 30-member committee, include one-state one-vote, age limit of 70 years, cooling-off period of three years which included the tenure of the administrators, continue with the  five-selectors and keeping to retaining the powers of the president and secretary as per the earlier constitution of the board.The cricket board has consistently argued that they have implemented many of the Lodha panel’s recommendations but their members have problems in implementing only some of them.last_img read more

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