Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked England to pay from their own pocket for their hotel stay, travel and other arrangements for their upcoming five-match Test series against India.
In the absence of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between BCCI and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke explained the situation in a letter to England team manager Phil Neal, while apologising for the inconvenience caused.
“Dear Phil, I warmly welcome you for the upcoming cricket series,” wrote Shirke. “I am, however, at great pain to inform you that the BCCI is at present not in a position to execute the MoU between the Indian cricket board and the ECB. This is due to restrictions on execution of contracts imposed on the BCCI by a court order.”
Shirke also mentioned that the Indian board hasn’t been granted the permission to sign an MoU, with the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha panel seeking further details.
“A committee has been appointed that is to oversee BCCI’s financial transactions,” said Shirke. “The board referred this issue to the committee appointed by the Supreme Court on October 28, and sought urgent permission for the execution of the MoU. However, the committee, while seeking further details a short while ago earlier today, has not yet granted us this permission.”
The secretary added: “Certain courtesies such as hotel, travel and various other arrangements have been extended to you on England’s arrival in India. However, till the MoU is executed, the BCCI is not in a position to commit to paying for the same. Please make arrangements to remit such payments.”
Shirke also duly apologised saying, “I apologise on behalf of the BCCI for the inconvenience that is being caused.”
The first Test will commence from Wednesday at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.
This article initially appeared on Indian Express