The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO Rahul Johri has stated the state associations’ demands of Rs 30 lakh per match to host the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches is ‘not justified’.

As per the agreement, the franchises pay associations Rs 30 lakh per match. The BCCI gives the associations another Rs 30 lakh per match after the tournament. However, the state associations, which are facing fund issues since the Supreme Court has stopped the BCCI from releasing money to its member units, are asking about the second part of the payment as soon as possible.

Earlier this month, the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) had written to the BCCI demanding the funds as soon as possible but Johri has made it clear their demands will not be entertained. Johri, in his letter to the state associations, revealed Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Mumbai, Bengal, Punjab, UP, Delhi and Hyderabad also demanded for the amount.

In his letter, Johri stated:

“The request contained in the letter for release of `30 lakh per match on “ASAP basis” is not justified. The said amount can only be released after you have duly performed in full and at each match, your obligations under relevant stadium agreement and taken all steps to perform the same so as to ensure that the upcoming Vivo IPL 2017 is conducted smoothly.”

The BCCI CEO also requested the state units to sign the draft of Stadium Agreement.

“For the sake of good order, please execute and return the same (Agreement). Please note that any amount that may be released by BCCI to you, is subject to the relevant orders passed by the Supreme Court regarding release of funds.”

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