There were hardly any doubts about the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) financial muscle. By far the richest cricket body in the world, their recent actions resemble that of a typical spoilt rich kid. The BCCI had placed an order with Wheeliecase Cricket, an Amsterdam-based company, for 134 of their hard-shell cricket suitcases that are being used by several cricketers all over the world in September. Virat Kohli's men had requested the board to facilitate them with these cases and as per the their order, 134 such cases were shipped to the Mumbai in October, according to a report in the Indian Express.
However, the cases are yet to be delivered to the BCCI office as the board hasn't cleared their payment, which is around Rs 27 lakh. The problem is that the order that was placed by the old Anurag Thakur-led committee which was removed after the Supreme Court verdict, creating a lack of clarity as to who will be clearing the amount.
The amount is now expected to rise up to Rs 35 lakh as demurrage charges are set to apply.
What's even more perplexing is that 134 suitcases were ordered for a travelling squad of 25 players. This seems to be another case of the BCCI's extravagant spending, which had been highlighted by the Lodha Committee report.
However, Ed van Nierop, who looks after the marketing and development of Wheeliecase, seems unperturbed over the delay in payment and expects no major problem in receiving it. He also denied suggestions of any auctions of the cases if the BCCI fail to pay the dues, when he spoke to Indian Express via e-mail.
Vikram Limaye, member of the SC-appointed COA told News18, that he has asked the issue to be sorted out soon. "I read the news in the papers and got to know about it. We were not informed about any such order that was pending. We have spoken to the Board CEO and asked him to sort the issue at the earliest," Limaye said.
Till the issue remains unresolved, the matter further adds to the uncertainties and confusion surround the BCCI.