SC allows BCCI to spend 1.33 crore for remaining England series

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New Delhi: A big relief was given to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) by the Apex Court of India today allowed the governing body of the game to spend a sum of Rs 2.83 crore for the remaining two Test games, three One-Days Internationals (ODIs) and three Twenty 20 Internationals against the England during their ongoing series.

The bench comprising of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud asked the cricket governing board to submit the income-expenditure accounts of the Tests including those played at Rajkot, Visakhapatnam, Mohali, and to be played Mumbai and Chennai.

The BCCI has sought Rs.3.79 crore for the three ODIs and three Twenty20 matches but the court allowed only Rs.25 lakh for each of the six limited overs matches and sanctioned a sum of Rs.133 crore for the Mumbai and Chennai Tests.

While not opposing the BCCI plea for funds, advocate Gopal Shankarnarayan told the court that the BCCI was holding matches at the venues owned by its state affiliates which have refused to comply with the directions of Justice Lodha panel for effecting organisational reforms in the national cricketing body.

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The apex court on November 8 had allowed the BCCI to spend Rs.58.66 lakh for conducting the first Test match against England, starting at Rajkot on Wednesday.

The court on November 8 had also permitted the apex cricketing body to spend a similar amount for the other matches against England till December 3.

The remaining two Tests of the five-match series will be played in Mumbai and Chennai. The fourth match begins on Thursday. The first match was played at Rajkot, and the following two at Visakhapatnam and Mohali.

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