'State associations dependent on BCCI for funds'

"Each State Association received around Rs. 17 crore as its share from the compensation money that the Board got after the Champions League was scrapped. That money has not been used and will be returned to the Board as per the court directions," a TNCA source said.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) comes under the ambit of the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act and, even when it faced a host of challenges after a demanding day at the Supreme Court on Friday, there was a sense of calm at the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) here.

The message was clear. A majority of the state associations did not agree with all the recommendations of the Lodha panel. And they are unwilling to do the same even now.

They would rather wait for the Supreme Court to pass an order – which they feel will have wide ramifications for all sporting bodies across the country – and then decide on their next course of action that includes a review petition.

To the question of returning money sent to the state associations by the BCCI, a reliable source in the TNCA said, “Each State Association received around Rs. 17 crore as its share from the compensation money that the Board got after the Champions League was scrapped. That money has not been used and will be returned to the Board as per the court directions.”

On the Supreme Court asking the BCCI to stop funding the state associations, the source added, “The state associations are dependent on the BCCI for funds. The money comes in the form of its share in the media rights, sponsorships and surplus from matches conducted. The associations could manage with the funds they have for a few more days or months beyond which they would require money.”

The source interestingly said that it was the state associations that “pooled” the media rights and gave it to the BCCI. “Only the state associations conduct the matches, own the grounds, not the BCCI. Out of the media rights share 70 per cent goes to the state associations and only 30 per cent to the BCCI.” In other words, the state associations, together, control the BCCI.

The TNCA source said, “For the BCCI to get the state associations to agree to all the recommendations of the Lodha panel, a special general meeting will have to be convened. And as per the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act, a resolution implementing all the recommendations would have to be passed by a two thirds majority. This is highly unlikely to happen.”