Big money coming soon to Lodha compliant units

NEW DELHI:There is some good news waiting for the Lodha-compliant state units of BCCI as they will start getting their allocated annual grants once Sourav Ganguly-led new panel takes charge after the Annual General Meeting on October 23.

New Delhi, October 20 

There is some good news waiting for the Lodha-compliant state units of BCCI as they will start getting their allocated annual grants once Sourav Ganguly-led new panel takes charge after the Annual General Meeting on October 23. With the full members of BCCI used to getting an annual grant of Rs 35 crore, the member units have more than Rs 100 crore in arrears over three years as there was no disbursements happening till they amended their constitution as per the Lodha recommendations. “The annual accounts for multiple financial years will be passed at the AGM and once it is done, the decks will be cleared for all the compliant state units to get their allocated funds. However, as per the Supreme Court order, only the compliant state associations will get the funds,” a BCCI official said.

The official said the grants are expected to be released in phases and also it needs to be seen whether the allocations are reduced due to addition of nine new full members of Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Chandigarh and Puducherry. A day prior to the AGM in Mumbai, the Committee of Administrators will have its final meeting before the handover of power to the democratically-elected body.  Board CEO Rahul Johri, GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim and IPL COO Hemang Amin are expected to meet the new president. — PTI

ICA to offer honorary membership to Gavaskar, Ganguly 

The Indian Cricketers Association (ICA) chief Ashok Malhotra wants BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly and Sunil Gavaskar to be part of ICA. The Lodha Committee wanted to ensure that cricketers became the face of BCCI, and the formation of the players association was one of its primary proposals. According to sources, Malhotra is keen on handing honorary memberships to Ganguly and Gavaskar, and ICA is also keen on reworking the pension of former cricketers. — IANS

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