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Lodha asks BCCI to furnish payment details

The Supreme Court appointed Lodha Committee on Thursday told the Indian Cricket Board that the “proposed MoU” between England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and BCCI “is not a part of the mandate” and no directions can be issued on payments unless details are furnished.

Lodha asks BCCI to furnish payment details
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Justice RM Lodha

New Delhi

Secretary Ajay Shirke had sought directions from the committee that since home board makes all the arrangements and payments for the visiting team during a bilateral series, whether they could ask ECB to make their payments as BCCI can’t carry out financial transactions. 

In their response, Lodha panel has stated: “The proposed MoU between BCCI and ECB concerns bilateral cricketing policy, the formulation of which is not a part of the mandate of the Committee. As far as payments are concerned, if they are to be made directly by the BCCI, no directions can be given by this Committee until relevant details are furnished by the BCCI.”

The e-mail written by panel secretary Gopal Shankarnarayan, further stated: “To avoid any hindrance to the cricketing calendar and to ensure the continued enjoyment of the sport by its aficionados, the BCCI would be well advised to comply with the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in its orders dated 18th July 2016, 7th October 2016 and 21st October 2016.” 

The Panel, in a strongly-worded letter to president Anurag Thakur and Shirke, also clarified that “neither identification nor appointment of vendors or contractors is the task or function of the Committee” but they are required “to fix a threshold value”.

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