BCCI offers to settle Australia visit-related bills

The Board has conveyed to the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) that it will settle the bills (actuals) for the Australian squad’s stay in Chennai.

The first One-Day International will be played at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium.   -  B. Jothi Ramalingam

The BCCI has conveyed to the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) that it will settle the bills (actuals) for the Australian squad’s stay in the city.

The TNCA was not satisfied with the initial offer made by the BCCI vis-a-vis the expenditure incurred while hosting the Australian team from September 8 to Sept. 18.

Then it wrote to the BCCI, seeking Rs. 1.50 crore for the same. The Board has now responded by saying it will pay the actuals.

A reliable source said to Sportstar here on Thursday, “The Board wrote to us today that it would pay the actuals for the Australian team’s stay here. The Board will pay directly to the vendors. The TNCA will source its vendors to them.”

Several members of the Australian ODI squad will start arriving in Chennai from September 8. And those in the Australian Test team in Bangladesh, selected for the limited-overs series in India, will land here a day later. The first ODI will be played at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on September 17.

During its rather lengthy lead-up to the first ODI in Chennai, the Australian team will play a practise game here. The side will be put up in a five-star hotel and will be provided round-the-clock security cover. And the TNCA will not have to bother about the bills.