BCCI get funds for Rajkot Test

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to release a sum of Rs 58.66 lakhs for the first Test between India and England starting on Wednesday in Rajkot.

Earlier on Tuesday, the BCCI moved the Supreme Court for release of funds saying that if the Lodha Committee does not release funds, the first Test match scheduled between India and England on Wednesday in Rajkot will have to be cancelled.

Counsel for the Lodha panel Gopal Subramaniam had argued that the BCCI is in breach of the court’s order of October 21. He said funds can’t be released till the BCCI and state boards comply with the changes proposed by the Lodha Committee and endorsed by the top court.

“Even if we (BCCI) are in breach of the court’s directions, let Lodha Committee disburse the funds,” said BCCI lawyer Kapil Sibal.

Supreme Court last month ruled that the funds to state associations would be on hold till BCCI President Anurag Thakur and the state associations promise to implement reforms proposed by the Lodha Committee.

First Test of the five-match series between India and England will be hosted by the Saurashtra Cricket Association in Rajkot. Both the Indian and the English teams are already in Rajkot for the game.

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