SC directs BCCI to release funds for Dharamsala Test



The Supreme Court has on Friday directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to release funds to the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) to host the fourth and the final Test between India and Australia in Dharamsala as per the schedule, reports ANI.

Earlier, the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA) had sought the apex court’s immediate interference to ensure both the Dharamsala Test and the upcoming tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) are not disrupted by disgruntled state associations.

The CoA in its second status report, which was submitted in the court last week, had singled out the HPCA for intransigence. The three-member bench of administrators also had stern words for the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA), which is asking for more funds to host the IPL matches despite having ample cash reserves.

However, a bench of the apex court headed by Justice Dipak Misra and also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan said that the BCCI should honour the terms and conditions so that there would not be any impediment in tomorrow’s series-deciding Test.

Besides this, the Supreme Court also made it clear that any official, who has completed the nine years term in either BCCI or any state cricket association, would not continue further after three completion of the term.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators has sought counsel from the apex court for the smooth conduct of the fourth and final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Doubts were expressed over the conduct of the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL).

In the CoA’s second status report, it had specifically pointed out Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association’s (HPCA) demand for more cash to conduct the India-Australia Test match in Dharamsala, despite having ample cash reserves.

“The Committee of Administrators believes that there is an urgent need to issue appropriate directions to ensure the smooth conduct of the fourth Test match between India and Australia by the HPCA as well as the smooth conduct of IPL matches by the state/member associations,” the CoA said in the March 17 status report.