BCCI bank accounts not frozen, Test is on

New Delhi: In response to some reports on cancellation of India-New Zealand series after Lodha panel froze BCCI bank accounts, former Supreme Court Judge Justice RM Lodha clarified that the reports are incorrect.

“This is wrong that we have frozen accounts of BCCI. We have just written that decisions taken in the EGM (Emergent General Meeting) on September 30 regarding payments to state associations and any other financial matter should be on hold”,  Lodha said.

The BCCI has had a long-running battle with the Supreme Court, which has demanded a raft of administrative and governance reforms for the world’s richest cricket board.

The board, run by politicians and businessmen and criticised for a perceived lack of transparency, said after a general meeting on Saturday that it had adopted a number of “important recommendations” made by the Lodha Committee but rejected some key demands.

Meanwhile, a New Zealand Cricket spokesperson said the team is preparing for the third Test match as scheduled, saying they haven’t been intimated of any cancellation from the BCCI.

“It’s the first time we’ve heard of it,” the spokesperson told local media. “At the moment we are preparing to play the third test at Indore as scheduled.”

India sealed the three-match Test series 2-0 on Monday with a 178-run victory in Kolkata. The third test is scheduled to start in Indore on Saturday, with a five-match one-day international series to follow.

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