Cash stricken MCA unsure of hosting West Indies ODI

sports reporter
Tuesday, 9 October 2018

An MCA official, on condition of anonymity said, “ The Maharashtra Cricket Association, indeed has asked the BCCI to intervene and grant them the permission to operate their bank accounts, which have been partially freezed citing the MCA’s delay in accepting the Lodha committee norms.”

PUNE: Having taken the hardline stance against the BCCI in the past, the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) seems to be in a financial mess with it’s coffers running almost dry. The bigger implication of the cash-crunch situation is, the MCA might not be able to host the West Indies ODI, which in turn-would’ve been financially rewarding.

It is learned that the situation is so grave, that the MCA is struggling to even meet two ends-as far as the functioninig of the Ranji team is concerned.

Riyaz Bagban, the secretary and the man in charge of the Association remained unavailable for comment in such precarious situation.

An MCA official, on condition of anonymity said, “ The Maharashtra Cricket Association, indeed has asked the BCCI to intervene and grant them the permission to operate their bank accounts, which have been partially freezed citing the MCA’s delay in accepting the Lodha committee norms.”

It it learned that MCA’s delay in falling in line with the BCCI directorate, as well as altering their constitution to save a few heads- has not gone down too well within the BCCI, who are relutant in return, to loosen the purse strings for the Pune-based cricket Association.

Last week, a report in a magazine claimed the will not back out from hosting the third ODI slated to be played on October 27, it has though asked BCCI to release an advance payment of INR 10 crore to be able to conduct the game. MCA has said it has no funds to pay the players and is in considerable debt.

THE 'PASS' GATE SAGA
The Mumbai Cricket Association Wednesday said it has adopted a wait and watch policy on the issue of complimentary passes for the October 29 India-West Indies ODI here but made it clear that the number allotted at this point is too low.

As per the new BCCI constitution, 90 per cent tickets of the total capacity of the stadium should be put on sale and only 10 per cent be kept as complimentary tickets with state units.

In case of Wankhede Stadium, its total capacity is 33,000. As per the new rule, the MCA will get 3,300 complimentary passes.  Officials said it will be “impossible” for the cricket body to distribute passes to such agencies if the number is as low of 1,750.

“Officials of government agencies expect complimentary passes for extending co-operation and the association has to oblige them,” a source added.

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