The Lodha Committee has granted the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) permission to make payments to players and officials/support staff related to the Ranji Trophy and other tournaments, cricket board secretary Ajay Shirke informed, according to report published in The Indian Express. Also Read - Rajasthan Congress Crisis Nears End as Sachin Pilot Breaks Silence, Party Forms 3-Member Panel to Address His ‘Grievances’
The approval has been sent in response to the BCCI’s missive to the Supreme Court-appointed panel, seeking clarification on disbursal of funds for the Rajasthan Ranji Trophy squad and other men’s and women’s sides from the state participating in different national-level competitions. Also Read - 'No Resentment Anymore': Rebel Rajasthan Congress MLA Bhanwar Lal Sharma Meets CM Ashok Gehlot
“The Honourable Justice Lodha Committee has communicated on Tuesday to the CEO of the BCCI (Rahul Johri) that payments to players and officials can be made directly to them as per the agreed existing terms. This is for all BCCI-organised tournaments,” Shirke told The Indian Express. (Neutral venues will help India players to adapt to overseas conditions: MSK Prasad) Also Read - BCCI Invites Tender For IPL Sponsorship For 4-month Period; Highest Bid Not Guaranteed Winner
“We didn’t have problems for all state associations. They pay themselves (to their players). Because the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) is suspended, the problem was only for them.”
A ‘cash-strapped’ Rajasthan Ranji team is playing against Karnataka at Vizianagaram at the moment.