Thakur, Shirke put India-England series in jeopardy


New Delhi, Nov 4, 2016: The India-England series could be in danger because Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke have not yet signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), a standard agreement that details various aspects of bilateral series.

Speculation says the main reason for the delay in signing the MoU is that the BCCI is awaiting directions from the Lodha Committee. A big part of the MoU says the BCCI will bear all the costs pertaining to the England team during the tour.

The source informed that Lodha panel is still waiting for the affidavits from Thakur and Shirke.

“President and Secretary as per SC direction have to file affidavits in two weeks and then appear before the committee. They have done neither. President of BCCI also has to furnish the undertaking to the committee. That has also not been done. In the absence of all this, the England tour is being put in jeopardy by Thakur and Shirke.”

Normally the BCCI would directly approve such expenses, but because of the order passed by the Supreme Court on October 21, the board has to get approval from the Lodha Committee, which has been appointed to oversee all financial transactions of the BCCI.

In an earlier response, Lodha committee has stated: “The proposed MoU between BCCI and ECB concerns bilateral cricketing policy, the formulation of which is not a part of the mandate of the Committee. As far as payments are concerned, if they are to be made directly by the BCCI, no directions can be given by this Committee until relevant details are furnished by the BCCI.”

Wefornews Bureau

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