In a breather to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed it to incur the expenses for all the matches to be played in the India-England series till December 3. It also permitted the cricket body to make expenses of R58.66 lakh for the Wednesday’s Rajkot match, the first in the series against England.
A bench headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur, while allowing BCCI to bear similar expenses for all the matches, restrained it from disbursing any money to Rajkot/ Saurashtra cricket association/state associations.
It made it clear that the payments should be made directly to the parties BCCI has contracted with for the series.
“Proper accounts of the expenses shall be maintained by the BCCI,” the bench said, while giving permission to the Justice RM Lodha Committee to appoint an auditor “at the earliest”.
Perusing the latest report filed by the panel, Justice Thakur also allowed the panel to engage administrative and clerical staff and engage services of experts in various fields to help it to vet a large number of contracts (around 100) regarding domestic, IPL and international cricket seasons in 2017.
Renumeration is to be determined by the panel itself and expenses will have to be meted out of the BCCI funds, the judges said.
Earlier in the day, BCCI had moved an application seeking funds for the India-England test series scheduled to start on November 9 at Rajkot.
It said the Lodha panel was not clearing the funds required for the Rajkot match with immediate effect and it wanted funds for Decision Review System and insurance purposes.