After the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) raised the possibility of cancelling the ongoing series against New Zealand, retired Supreme Court judge RM Lodha has clarified matters, saying his committee never asked the BCCI to stop distributing money for matches and routine affairs.
In an interview on news channel Times Now, Lodha, who heads the committee appointed by the Supreme Court to clean up the state of affairs in Indian cricket, said that they had simply asked Yes Bank and Bank of Maharashtra — the banks where BCCI has its accounts — to stop the disbursement of funds to state associations, and not stymie the flow of money for everyday affairs, which means organisation of matches in the country can continue unabated.
He also added that the committee did not direct the banks to freeze the board's accounts completely.
"We have not frozen their accounts. We have directed them (the banks) to not disburse funds to the state associations. This is misinterpreting the email that we have sent to them. When BCCI writes to us, we'll clarify on our own," Lodha was quoted as saying in the interview.
"There's no restraint from the committee on BCCI from disbursing funds for everyday routine affairs and matches. The committee has been given a certain task of implementation of a judgement. Everything that we are doing is in accord with the Supreme Court judgments," Lodha added.
In a report on The Hindu, a person attached to the Lodha committee went on to reveal that they had categorically asked Yes Bank to not freeze BCCI's account.
"We do not know if the Banks have really decided to freeze the BCCI accounts. But we have spoken to Yes Bank and told them not to freeze the BCCI accounts," the source was quoted as saying in the report.
The BCCI had earlier announced a hike in the annual subsidy to its full members in a meeting on 30 September, increasing the amount from Rs 60 to Rs 70 crore. They had also hiked Test match fees for Indian players finding a place in the playing XI, from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 15 lakh.
The BCCI and the Lodha Committee have been at loggerheads with each other ever since the Supreme Court accepted the latter's recommendations in a verdict on 18 July. The board, however, dismissed most of the recommendations at their Special General Meeting (SGM), including ones such as 'one-state-one-vote', the three-month cooling-off period for administrators after three years, and an age cap of 70 years.