Supreme Court Ruling Puts India-England Series In Limbo

Rishav Narang / 03 January 2017

A ruling by the Supreme Court of India did not just shelved BCCI top officials from their post but also put India v England in a limbo as now the state associations are now barred from doing any business transactions and there is utter confusion in state boards and BCCI as no one knows what to do next.

Yesterday, The Supreme Court of India sacked Anurag Thakur from the post of BCCI President and also removed Ajay Shirke from the post of the board’s secretary. That decision has left BCCI is confusion. With the England team set to land in the country on Thursday to play three ODIs and Three T20Is, no state association has any idea from where to get funds to organise the games as earlier there have been the tussle between Lodha Panel and BCCI for the distribution of the funds.

Now, it will be quite difficult for a President sans BCCI to organise the games without funds, “With all state associations forced to comply with the recommendations, most of the senior state officials stand ineligible to operate. Eventually, a match is hosted by the local association and all of a sudden you don’t know who is in charge.The entire board is in a state of confusion,“ a top BCCI official told TOI on Monday.

“Everything was going fine so far. The England team is due to play India `An’ on Jan 10 and Jan 12 in Mumbai. The first ODI is in Pune on Jan 15. And both the associations don’t have their heads in Sharad Pawar and Ajay Shirke. So many people will lose their signing authorities which are essential to host international teams. We will now have to rearrange everything and see what can be done,“ added the official.

The future of the India and England series is in a limbo and there remains a question that how state associations will organise the games. Lodha Panel is now in charge to organise the matches and it will be interesting to see that how the panel will tune in with the state board and organise the games.