Supreme Court permits disbursal of funds by BCCI for Rajkot Test match today

The Supreme Court has allowed BCCI to release Rs58.66 lakh for the conduct of the India-England Rajkot Test match scheduled to begin on Wednesday


On 7 October, the apex court had barred the BCCI from disbursing funds to state cricket associations until they implement reforms suggested by a court-appointed panel. Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint
On 7 October, the apex court had barred the BCCI from disbursing funds to state cricket associations until they implement reforms suggested by a court-appointed panel. Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) to release a sum of Rs58.66 lakh for the conduct of the India-England Rajkot Test match scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

The money will be used for insurance of players and decision review system technology to be used to review potentially controversial umpiring decisions in the match.

The funds would not be released to the Saurashtra Cricket Association and would be directly paid to parties under contract with the BCCI.

A bench headed by chief justice of India T.S. Thakur also directed a committee led by former justice R.M. Lodha that’s overseeing cricket administration to vet sport-related contracts entered into by BCCI with other parties to determine the amounts to be released from time to time.

An independent auditor for maintenance of BCCI’s accounts and books was also directed to be appointed to enhance transparency in the release of funds on other occasions. As a result, BCCI will not be required to approach the SC for release of funds for mat-ches lined up till 3 December.

“One of the hindrances for the upcoming matches has been removed by the court. It is a good order for cricket in India,” said Niranjan Shah, a member of the BCCI board.

On 7 October, the SC barred the BCCI from disbursing funds to state bodies until they implement reforms suggested by the Lodha committee.

Vidhi Choudhary contributed to this story.

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