BCCI free to conduct banking transactions for routine matters: Lodha

Retired Justice RM Lodha, who headed the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee entrusted with the task of cleaning up India's cricket administration, reiterated that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) misread its e-mails to the two banks which manage the accounts of the Indian board and that there have been no instructions passed on to the banks to freeze the board's accounts.
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Retired Justice RM Lodha, who headed the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee entrusted with the task of cleaning up India's cricket administration, reiterated that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) misread its e-mails to the two banks which manage the accounts of the Indian board and that there have been no instructions passed on to the banks to freeze the board's accounts.

"This is a misinterpretation or misconstruing of the email that was sent to the BCCI yesterday," Lodha told ANI on Tuesday (October 4). "We have not frozen any of the accounts … routine expenses for matches, cricket activities and administrative matters are not restrained," he added.

Justice Lodha was responding to the statements of Anurag Thakur, the BCCI President, who charged that by freezing the accounts of the board, the Lodha panel had brought disrepute to the BCCI. Thakur also stated that the panel's actions raised doubts over the immediate functioning of cricket in India. The BCCI President had also slyly hinted at the possibility of cancelling the ongoing series against New Zealand and said staging domestic tournaments wouldn't be possible if the board didn't pay the requisite money to its member associations.

"I can't talk about whether series (India-New Zealand) will go on or not but if players and associations are not paid, it raises serious questions at a time when the team is No. 1 in Tests, No. 2 in T20s, No. 3 in ODIs. Agencies

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