England Series Still In Jeopardy As BCCI Faces Financial Problems, Confirms Ajay Shirke
With just a couple more days remaining to the start of much-awaited India-England series, BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke has confirmed about the jeopardy about hosting the series.
India are set to play England in a five-match series which will start in Rajkot from November 9. However, despite the ECB agreeing to pay from its own finances to the visiting team’s hotel stay, travel and other arrangements, the upcoming series could still be stalled due to financial troubles.
“We have other issues also regarding the England series because we have a number of contracts to sign – DRS, caterers, the insurance policy, the insurance to be purchased; a lot of things. As per the Supreme Court order, we can’t enter into a contract without the Lodha Committee’s approval,” Shirke said.
“Now, these are all contracts and the Lodha Committee was told (by the apex court) to appoint an auditor and set a threshold limit, which they haven’t done (yet). So the England series could still be in jeopardy in spite of England having agreed to make arrangements to remit the payments. We have submitted the affidavits, we have submitted the two-year contract details; we have submitted everything they (Committee) asked for,” he added.
The BCCI are yet of implement all the recommendations suggested by the Lodha panel as the President Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke remain helpless as any change would need support of three-fourths of the members in the board.
Both Thakur and Shirke have mentioned the same in their affidavits to Supreme Court-appointed panel.
One of the items in the Thakur’s affidavit stated: “I further state that as a (sic) Hon. President am in no position to force members to adopt the full memorandum as recommended, even though armed with a Supreme Court order, as the members are of the opinion that as per the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975 under which BCCI is registered, they can amend their memorandum only when three-fourths of the members present and entitled to vote, accept the changes to the memorandum.”
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