In a breather for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Supreme Court today ordered the release of-of Rs. 1 .33 crore to it, so that the fund could be used to host the remaining two Tests of five- matches series between India and England. The Mumbai Test is scheduled to be held from December 8, while the Chennai Test will be held from December 16. Rs 25 lakh each has also been alloted for the ODI and T20 series against visiting side next year. India play three ODIs and three T20I against England in January and February next year.
The board has no free access to its coffers after not complying with reforms suggested by the Lodha panel, which were approved by the top court. In October, the apex court passed an order asking the board not to disburse funds to state associations until they agree of adopting adopt all the Lodha panel recommendations. The reforms by the panel include clauses like one-state-one-vote, forbidding ministers from occupying important BCCI positions and age and tenure caps, which the board had refused to accept .
After this, the apex court, in an interim order, stopped the cricket board from making payments to state associations. However, it has released funds required to conduct “routine” business.The next hearing of case is scheduled on Friday.