A day after a number of one-time Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and state association officials met in Bangalore “for a cup of coffee”, the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) have sent emails to the board stating their inability to host upcoming assignments.
Hyderabad, the venue for the India v Bangladesh Test – the first between the two teams in the country – from February 8, and Chennai, which was slated to host two Under-19 ‘Tests’ between India and England in February, have both cited lack of funds as the reason.
Though no official statement has been made by the BCCI yet, officials at both the HCA and the TNCA have confirmed their position to Wisden India.
“We have sent BCCI an email saying that we can’t host the Under-19 ‘Tests’. They (BCCI) are yet to respond to us,” a TNCA official said, while HCA officials also confirmed that they have sent an email to the BCCI.
The Supreme Court of India had recently ordered the BCCI to stop all disbursement of funds to the state associations till they adopted the Lodha Committee recommendations.
The court subsequently allowed the board to temporarily release funds for the conduct of the five Test matches against England and the upcoming India-England limited-overs series.