India’s cricket board BCCI is contemplating cancelling the ongoing India vs New Zealand series, after the Lodha Committee decided to freeze its bank accounts on Monday.
The series has a Test match and five ODIs remaining. The Board also said that it will be forced to call off all domestic and international cricket and that the Lodha Committee had brought disrepute to BCCI.
The next Supreme Court hearing is on October 6.
A senior board official confirmed to the Indian Express. “We have no option other than to call off the India-New Zealand series, as our banks have decided to freeze BCCI accounts. We don’t want India to be humiliated in front of the world. How can we function, how can we hold any games now? Who will make the payment? Freezing a bank account is no joke. An international team is here, and there is so much at stake,” the official said.
The Lodha Panel’s directive had come on Monday following the board’s special general meeting that was held on 30 September. “It has come to the notice of this Committee that certain decisions have been taken at the BCCI’s 30 September meeting, to disburse large funds to the various member associations,” the committee has stated in a letter to two banks: Yes Bank and Bank of Maharashtra.
BCCI president Anurag Thakur said on Monday that India may also have to pull out of next year’s Champions Trophy in England if the BCCI implements the Justice RM Lodha Committee recommendations in toto.
The Lodha Committee, headed by retired Chief Justice of India RM Lodha, had last week sought the removal of the Board’s top brass in a status report to the Supreme Court for not implementing the reforms which were approved by the apex court in July.
The BCCI had initially attracted the wrath of the Lodha committee after they went ahead and breached the Lodha committee’s directive to stick to ‘routine matters’ concerning the season that had gone by during their AGM on September 21. They announced their new selection panels and nominated Shirke as the secretary among other key decisions.
It is in response to these decisions that the committee had asked the Supreme Court to appoint a new panel in place of the present board officials and also render all the decisions taken post the July 18 verdict as ‘ineffective’. And the SC looks all set to accept the committee’s request on Thursday.