Richest cricket board, but State body ‘lacks operational funds’ to host ODI

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India is world’s richest governing body for the sport. However, one of the BCCI State associations is pleading helplessness to host the one-day international tie against the West Indies citing lack of sufficient operational funds.

Furthermore, this is not a State association in some remote location in the country, but the cricket association in the business capital of India – Mumbai.

The Mumbai Cricket Association is to host the fourth tie of the five-match India-West Indies series on October 29. However, the MCB paralysed by the lack of an administrative set up has pleaded the BCCI to conduct the match as it is not able to operate its bank accounts.

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has asked the BCCI to conduct the October 29 match in Mumbai, adds PTI.

“Senior MCA officials and a few managing committee members on Thursday met a top BCCI official. They again cited the difficulties, especially the financial constraints for the association, for hosting the game. They asked the BCCI to conduct the game and assured that MCA would help it in all possible ways,” a source in the Mumbai cricket body said.

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Asked what they meant by asking the BCCI to conduct the match, the official said, “It means the BCCI (and not the MCA) will float tender notices for various (match-related) works.”

The official said the MCA cited its inability to operate its bank account, which is a major hurdle. The BCCI official assured the MCA delegation that the Board was working to solve the issue, the source said.

The Bombay High Court, earlier this year, had appointed a Committee of Administrators for the MCA comprising two retired judges, who relinquished their charge on September 14. Since then, there is no clarity on who would operate the bank account.

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