Angry BCCI threatens to call off ongoing series between India, New Zealand

Photo of the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Anurag Thakur.

New Delhi: After the Supreme Court appointed the Lodha panel and directed to freeze the banks accounts of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the cricket board has decided that it will call off the ongoing series between Indian and New Zealand.

The Justice R M Lodha led panel today clarified that they did not direct the banks to freeze the accounts of the BCCI and it can carry on with its routine expenses.

Angry over the non-cooperation of its recommendations, the SC-appointed Lodha panel had “directed” banks, where BCCI holds accounts, not to disburse “large” funds to the state associations, a decision taken by the Board at its Special General Meeting on September 30th.

On other hand, Lodha clarified: “We have not frozen the accounts of BCCI, we have directed the BCCI to not disburse funds to the state association. Day to day affairs, routine expenditure, matches, games, that should go on. There is absolutely no prohibition.”

However, the BCCI, has said that state associations were dependant on the parent body for organising matches and they were not be able to carry on their functioning in the wake of the latest directive from the Lodha panel, which will affect their preparations for the next games in the ongoing series against Kiwis.