Let's Play: India-England Test series set to start as SC allows BCCI to release funds

The SC also allowed the BCCI to incur Rs 58.66 lakh for the match to be held tomorrow (November 9).

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New Delhi, Nov 8: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today (November 8) got some relief from the Supreme Court which allowed it to disburse funds for the India-England Test series.

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The SC while allowing the BCCI to disburse funds for the Rajkot Test to be held from Wednesday (November 9) also said that the payments should be made to the contract parties and not the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA).

India-England series set to get under way as SC allows BCCI to release funds

The Supreme Court also said that the accounts of the payments that have been made, must be shown to the Lodha Panel. The SC also allowed the BCCI to incur Rs 58.66 lakh for the match to be held from tomorrow (November 9).

During the course of the arguments, the Lodha panel said that they have been insulted by the BCCI bosses. It is too much for us to take advocate appearing for the panel said.

The BCCI was then told by the Supreme Court to mind its language. Further the BCCI also said that if the Lodha panel wanted to run the board, they were welcome to do so.

Earlier the BCCI had approached the Supreme Court seeking release of funds ahead of the India-England Test match. The BCCI in its application had sought for release of funds to conduct the match.

On October 22, the Supreme Court had ordered the BCCI to completely stop release of funds to member associations, even for hosting cricket matches, until they fell in line and implemented the Justice R M Lodha Panel reforms.

The court had also asked the Lodha panel to appoint an independent auditor to scrutinise the income and expenses of the BCCI.

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