New Delhi, November 12: Lodha panel’s crackdown on BCCI may soon hamper Rajasthan Ranji Trophy match owing to severe shortage of funds.
The Board of Cricket Control in India has sent a “reminder” to the Lodha Committee on Wednesday to seek out clarification or approval on the payments due for Rajasthan Cricket. The board has highlighted that Rajasthan’s cricket season may attract a premature halt as the board is “severely cash-strapped”.
BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke has reportedly said: I have sent a separate letter about Rajasthan. If the payments are not made, it’s very unlikely that the Rajasthan team can play their next round of Ranji Trophy matches. The team is seriously cash-strapped. In fact, not only the Ranji team, their Under-19 side and other age-group teams will also suffer. I don’t know if they can play without money. And not only players and officials’ payments, a substantial amount of logistics is also involved with every game – from hotel stay to other arrangements.
Owing to BCCI’s suspension of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA), the Loadha committee is directly empowered to run Rajasthan cricket. As per Supreme Court’s October 21 order, BCCI could no longer make payments to any state association without a consent from Lodha committee.
“Because of the suspension and the High Court order, the BCCI has been told to pay the players/officials/support staff directly. But after the Supreme Court order, if we make these payments, that might be interpreted (by the Committee) as an indirect payment to the RCA. So we might be in contempt,” Shirke explained.
He further disclosed about the content of the letter and said we simply shared the 2 court orders and highlighted if the payments are not made, cricket would suffer. “We haven’t received a reply yet,” he said.