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COA to State Bodies: Implement Lodha Reforms, Take Money

File image of BCCI Committee of Administrators (COA). (Getty Images)

File image of BCCI Committee of Administrators (COA). (Getty Images)

BCCI’s Committee of Administrators have made it clear to the state bodies that they have to follow the Supreme Court’s diktat and only then can funds be released.

New Delhi: The BCCI’s Committee of Administrators after reporting to the Supreme Court about approaches made by state association for release of funds — to help in the smooth organisation of matches — have now made it clear to the state bodies that they have to follow the Supreme Court’s diktat and only then can funds be released.

Speaking to Cricketnext, a source close to the COA said that the committee has made it amply clear to the state bodies that compliance reports must be filed before they can release any fund.

“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,” he explained.

In its second status report to the SC, the COA clearly mentioned approaches from state associations, requesting release of funds to host matches, especially bringing to notice the approach from two state associations — Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) and Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA).

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While the HPCA asked for money to host the fourth Test of the series against Australia, SCA had requested for funds to conduct matches in the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League.

“As regards to HPCA asking for more money to host the fourth Test, where does the question arise of more money when no payment has been cleared in the first place? 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.

“As for SCA asking for funds to host IPL games, aren’t they already getting Rs30 lakh from the franchise? The COA would like to know how much more is needed for hosting of seven IPL games. Also, if they do need more money, they can easily get Rs30 lakh more from the BCCI by submitting the compliance report. The COA shall release all funds as soon as they get the report from the state bodies,” he said.

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The Supreme Court might have made it clear that the state associations need to first implement the Lodha panel reforms and then get funds from the BCCI, but the state bodies have time and again approached the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) to release funds for the smooth organisation of matches.

Explaining the issue faced by state associations, a senior official of one of the bodies said: “You have to understand that the funds given to us by the BCCI is for running the game in the domestic and local circuit and for infrastructural expenses. We are yet to be paid the dues for the Test between India and New Zealand.

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“Stopping of grants is one thing, but to stop regular payments has worsened the situation. We are still looking at successfully hosting the IPL games, but the condition is definitely deteriorating and needs to be looked into.”