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BCCI moves SC seeking funds for hosting India - England test tomorrow
On Tuesday, The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) moved the Supreme Court seeking permission for release of funds.

Counsel for BCCI, Kapil Sibal, informed the court saying that it will not be able to hold the India-England Test series scheduled for November 9 in Rajkot, as it doesn't have any more funds. The court was also informed that if it does not grant the permission to release the funds, the match would have to be cancelled.

But lawyer Gopal Shankarnarayan, secretary to the Lodha panel, argued that during the last hearing of the case, the bench had made it clear that if BCCI's refusal to give the required undertaking affects the holding of a match, then let it be so.

The SC, in its earlier order has stopped BCCI from disbursing funds to state member associations till they comply with the Lodha panel's recommendations.

The appeal was to be heard by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur but was listed before Justice Dave's Bench. Justice Thakur is heading a Constitution Bench. Justice Dave said his Bench would hear the appeal after consulting Justice Thakur.

As of now, the SC is of the opinion that the top officials of BCCI, including its president and BJP MP Anurag Thakur, were acting as an impediment to implement Justice RM Lodha Committee's recommendations. It has given BCCI a final deadline of December 3 to implement the recommendations. BCCI president, Anurag Thakur, and secretary, Ajay Shirke have been asked to file a compliance report by December 3 and personally appear before the Lodha Committee to explain the manner of compliance. The next hearing of the case is December 5.

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