The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Board of Control for Cricket in India to disburse Rs 58.66 lakh ahead of the first Test match with England in Rajkot. The BCCI had sought the Supreme Court's intervention seeking funds to host the England tour after it had been ordered not to release funds to state cricket associations without seeking permission from the apex court-appointed Lodha panel.
The cricket board's counsel Kapil Sibal said the Lodha panel would have to disburse funds to facilitate the hosting of the English series in Rajkot. Sibal said, "If funds are not released there won't be a cricket match tomorrow and it may be cancelled," NDTV reported. Both teams are practicing for the Test match that is scheduled to begin on November 9 in Rajkot.
The Lodha panel has accused the BCCI of violating the Supreme Court order. In an affidavit on November 5, BCCI said its state member associations had voted against the proposal to initiate the Supreme Court-directed reforms.
On November 4, reports suggested that the upcoming India-England series may have hit a roadblock on account of BCCI's President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke failing to file affidavits with the Supreme Court. The BCCI officials were directed to submit affidavits about the board's implementation of the court-appointed Justice Lodha panel's suggestions in three weeks from October 21.
Shirke had informed the England and Wales Cricket Board that it was unable to commit to paying for the team's expenses in the upcoming series on account of restrictions imposed by the Lodha Panel, ESPNcricinfo reported. Shirke had said, "The Lodha Committee was told (by the apex court) to appoint an auditor and set a threshold limit, which they haven’t done (yet)," The Sunday Express reported.
The panel was formed in January 2015 to look into the affairs of the BCCI, after the spot-fixing scandal in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League.