Supreme Courts orders BCCI not to release funds to State Cricket Associations

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India curbed the financial powers of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), as the SC ordered not to release any funds to state cricket associations till it fully comply with Lodha Committee recommendations.

According to a report in Hindustantimes no state unit will receive funds from the BCCI until it accepts the Lodha panel recommendations. “This will basically counter the board’s argument that its regional units are opposed to the directives. And falling in line for the state units would mean wiping out any conflict of interest, taking on board the ‘one man, one post’ as well as the three-year term for its office-bearers and the necessary cooling-off period.”

According to a report in The Daily Pioneer, Anurag Thakur refused to comment on this order. “What impact it will have on cricket, we cannot comment before going through the order. Once we get the copy of judgement we shall respond. There are difficulties which have been placed in front of the Court," he said.

According to a report in The Business Standard, there would not be any effect of this judgement on ongoing India vs New Zealand ODI series. “While the ongoing ODI series may not be hampered due to freezing of accounts by the court today, it could have other implications for the board. The International Cricket Council (ICC) does not permit any government intervention in any of its member bodies. BCCI, being the representative of Indian cricket, may again raise the issue and ask the ICC to intervene into the matter.”