The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has sought counsel from the apex court for the smooth conduct of the fourth and final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to be held in Dharamsala. Doubts have also been expressed over the conduct of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL).
The hearing is scheduled for Friday, on the eve of the 4th Test match.
In the CoA’s second status report, it had specifically pointed out Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association’s (HPCA) demand for more cash to conduct the India-Australia Test match in Dharamsala, despite having ample cash reserves.
“The Committee of Administrators believes that there is an urgent need to issue appropriate directions to ensure the smooth conduct of the fourth Test match between India and Australia by the HPCA as well as the smooth conduct of IPL matches by the state/member associations,” the CoA said in the March 17 status report.
Cash-strapped or Cash-cows
The HPCA, which has been demanding money for the last Test match, is sitting on Rs. 65 crores. The CoA provided the SC with the exact figures in the HPCA’s coffers: “It is relevant to note that the HPCA had an amount of ₹6,26,92,755 in current / savings accounts and deposits as on March 31, 2016 and a further amount of ₹59,44,30,724 was remitted by BCCI to HPCA between April 2016 and October 2016.”
The CoA had also reserved strong words for the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) in its second status report, as well. SCA had written “more than once” asking BCCI to release Rs. 30 lakh per IPL match. Every staging association receives Rs. 30 lakh gets from the franchises before the match and an additional Rs. 30 lakh per game after the IPL season commences.
“As per the audited accounts submitted by each State / Member Associations for financial year ending March 31, 2016, there were substantial funds available with them and further amounts have been disbursed by BCCI to them prior to October 2016 as well,” the report stated.
“One State / Member Association that merits specific mention is the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA). As per the audited accounts submitted by the SCA for financial year ending March 31, 2016, the SCA had an amount of ₹213,59,47,064 in current / savings accounts and deposits as on March 31, 2016 and a further amount of ₹42,66,97,149 was remitted by BCCI to SCA between April 2016 and October 2016,” the report added.