Deloitte Report: Baroda gifted silver coins worth Rs. 96 lakh to its members

While the HCA spent money on gold coins for its 22 managing committee members, the Deloitte report says the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) spent Rs. 96 lakhs on “silver coins memorabilia to 2300 members.”

BCA distributed silver coins to celebrate the birth centenary of Vijay Hazare. (Picture for representation)   -  K. K. Mustafa

While the Deloitte Audit Report on the mismanagement of BCCI funds by the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), Goa Cricket Association and Odisha Cricket Association has been in public domain for a long time, portions of the audit report findings of most full member associations of the BCCI has been published online by the general weekly magazine Òutlook .

While the HCA spent money on gold coins for its 22 managing committee members, the Deloitte report says the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) spent Rs. 96 lakhs on “silver coins memorabilia to 2300 members.”

Speaking to Sportstar, the former as well as present officer bearers of the BCA confirmed that silver coins were indeed given to members. A senior member said that the silver coins were still being distributed to members who had not yet received them. “It was the birth centenary year of Vijay Hazare, Diamond Jubilee of the BCA, and the managing committee decided to give a memorabilia to all members,’’ confirmed Aunshuman Gaekwad.

The former BCCI and BCA secretary Sanjay Patel claimed not to have received the silver coin but confirmed that the committee had deliberated on presenting memorabilia to members and players. “The BCA was celebrating a big milestone year and also Vijay Hazare’s birth Centenary and the managing committee took the decision,’’ said Patel.

The BCA is one of the full member associations of the BCCI that has refused to adopt the Justice Lodha Committee recommendations to bring about transparency and accountability. Recently, the association’s president Samarjitsinh Gaekwad, not part of the majority group in the Committee, wrote a 103-page grievances report to the CoÁ, pointing out that the accounts of the association have not been prepared for the last three fiscal years.

Quite furious that details of the audit report have found a way to be published online, former BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah urged the CoA to conduct an enquiry. “It’s unfortunate that the some details of the report have been leaked to the media. It’s understood that the Deloitte report was in the custody of Amarchand Mangaldas (BCCI’s attorney). The report should have been given to the associations for verification,’’ said Shah.

With the BCCI generating large revenue by selling broadcasting rights to Nimbus and Star India for the last 12 years, and from Sony Pictures Networks for IPL for ten years, the 25 full members may have received close to Rs. 5000 crore. The full members get 70 per cent of the money earned from broadcast rights.

The Deloitte report also consists details of work that the audit company was engaged in with the cricket associations of Baroda, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Kerala, Odhisha, Hyderabad, Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Saurashtra, Assam, Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Punjab, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Vidarbha, Rajastha, Andhra and Jammu & Kashmir.

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