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BCCI COA Releases Funds for 5 State Bodies After SC Rap

The Committee of Administrators (COA) overseeing the day-to-day functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday cleared payments to five state associations with regards to staging of matches.

Baidurjo Bhose |Cricketnext |March 29, 2017, 12:53 PM IST
BCCI COA Releases Funds for 5 State Bodies After SC Rap

New Delhi: The Committee of Administrators (COA) overseeing the day-to-day functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday cleared payments to five state associations with regards to staging of matches. The step was taken after the Supreme Court on Friday directed the BCCI to honour the terms and conditions postulated in the contracts with the state associations in letter and spirit so that there is no obstacle in holding international matches.

The state associations that have benefitted are the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, the Maharashtra Cricket Association, the Saurashtra Cricket Association, the Hyderabad Cricket Association and the Andhra Cricket Association.

Speaking to CricketNext, a senior BCCI official confirmed that these state associations had been released payment as per the diktat of the Supreme Court.

“The Committee of Administrators had approved the payment for the HPCA, MCA, SCA, HCA and ACA and it was immediately sent to the treasurer for clearance,” the BCCI official said.

Asked why only these five associations had been given payments considering payments have not been cleared to other associations as well, starting from the home series against New Zealand. The official said it was the decision of the COA.

“Why only these associations were picked up is not something we are aware of. The COA doesn’t consult us while making calls, you better go and ask them. Yes, there are associations like the Cricket Association of Bengal and the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association who are also due to get money, but then we have to follow their orders,” he said.

The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association has in recent times held the just concluded 4th Test match between India and Australia and the 1st ODI between India and New Zealand in 2016.

The Maharashtra Cricket Association had hosted the 1st Test between India and Australia and the 1st ODI against England. With Mumbai Cricket Association also coming under the Maharashtra umbrella, it will be interesting to see if Mumbai is given a share of the money for hosting the 4th Test between India and England as well as the practice games between England and India ‘A’ in Mumbai.

The Saurashtra Cricket Association had hosted the 1st Test between India and England which was also the debut Test for Rajkot.

The Hyderabad Cricket Association had hosted the one-off Test between India and Bangaldesh at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Uppal.

The Andhra Cricket Association hosted the second Test between India and England as well as the 5th ODI between India and New Zealand.

Earlier, the COA had made it clear that the state associations would have to comply with the reforms suggested by the Lodha Committee before clearance of any payment.

“The state associations have informed the COA that their coffers have dried up and they need money, but the COA has made it very clear that the state bodies have to abide by the order of the Supreme Court and submit compliance reports before they can receive any fund,” a source close to the COA had told CricketNext.

Also Read: SC Tells BCCI to Pay Rs. 2.5 Cr to HPCA for Hosting 4th Test

“The moment the state associations file the compliance report, all payments will be cleared. It is not like the COA wants anything to do with the state associations’ money. But they also have a guideline that they need to follow.”

But the Supreme Court on Friday made it clear that the BCCI has to honour its contractual commitments in the conduct of international as well as the IPL matches that will start from April 5 and would be held at 10 venues.

Also Read: COA to State Bodies: Implement Lodha Reforms, Take Money

"After the (tripartite) contracts are executed (for holding IPL matches), following the principle of parity, the BCCI shall also honour the contractual terms. Needless to say, when we say that BCCI shall honour its commitment, there has to be sincere commitment of honouring the terms and conditions of the contract by all the parties to the contract", the bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra, said in its order on March 24.

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