India in England: CoA order will make a hole in BCCI office-bearers’ pocket

BCCI secretary general Amitabh Choudhary (left) and BCCI CoA chief Vinod Rai (right) - InsideSport

BCCI CoA’s order will leave a hole in the BCCI office bearers’ pocket if they were to watch the match when India is in England.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s Committee of Administrators have written an email to officiating BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary to bear the expenses himself if he wishes to watch T20 games between India and England.

Amitabh Choudhary is expected to be in England for the International Cricket Council conference from June 28 to July 2 in Dublin. India in England will play their first T20 of the three-match series on July 3 at Manchester. The next two games are scheduled at Bristol and Cardiff on July 6 and 8 respectively.

The CoA is not ready to put the BCCI officials bills for watching India in England during the 10-week tour, involving three T20Is, 3 ODI and five Test matches.

The CoA has officially informed Choudhary that if he wishes to stay back in England to watch the T20 internationals series after the ICC annual conference in Dublin, states a Times of India report.

“The Committee of Administrators has taken note of your email. Although you have not sought approval from the CoA for your travels abroad, permission is granted for you to travel only to Dublin for attending the ICC meetings from June 28 to July 2,” ToI has quoted from the CoA mail to Choudhary.

“Kindly ensure that expenses towards ticketing and hotel stay are limited to the extent borne by ICC. From the contents of your email, the CoA does not see any value addition to the BCCI in your merely watching the three-T20 India-England games to be played in England.

“Hence, if you wish to attend these games, kindly ensure that BCCI does not incur any expenses in this regard,” the mail further read.