Ranji Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket competition played between various state associations that come under the BCCI. (File photo) Photograph: (AFP)
State associations have said they don't have money to organise Ranji Trophy matches after Lodha panel's restriction on funds
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the governing body of cricket in the country, may suspend Ranji Trophy as current board officials may be superseded as per Lodha Committee recommendations.
The country's premier first-class cricket tournament, which is into its third day, may be discontinued as state associations have complained about paucity of funds.
"There is every possibility that Ranji Trophy may be stopped from the third day itself. If the board is not there, how can the matches be organised in such a scenario. And it's not only Ranji Trophy which is blue riband tournament. It also consists of Senior and Junior Women's championship, our U-23, U-19 and U-16 championships. You need funds to carry out these BCCI matches smoothly," a well-informed source told PTI, an Indian news agency.
"If Lodha Committee, which is headed by former CJI, can't force the members to accept the recommendations, do you think it is possible for the BCCI president to forcefully make them implement the resolutions. Yes, the Ranji Trophy is in a limbo," the source further said.
This comes three days after Lodha Committee, a panel set up to bring about administrative changes in the BCCI, had directed banks the board has accounts with to stop disbursing "large" amounts to state associations.
BCCI had also planned to scrap the third Test match between India and New Zealand after it feared of having their bank accounts frozen. The Lodha panel later clarified that funds for international matches won't be stopped.
“The panel has not asked BCCI to stop funds for routine matters. We’ve asked BCCI to stop giving large funds to state associations,” Justice RM Lodha had told ANI.
The matter of disbursal of funds is currently being reviewed by India's Supreme Court. A ruling regarding this will be taken by the court today (October 7).
The Lodha panel's directive about not disbursing funds to state associations had come after the BCCI chose not to implement some of the recommendations it had made.
The panel had asked the BCCI to make a series of changes, including age limit of 70 years for all office bearers, a tenure limit of nine years with a cooling off period and the one-state-one-vote policy, among others.
Ranji Trophy is a domestic first-class cricket competition played between various state associations that come under the BCCI. Players who perform well in this tournament are in the fray to play for the Indian team.