Grants to Members Should be Based on Merit, Says Thakur

Thakur’s comments were in respect to SC’s observations on BCCI’s fund allocation where 11 states weren\'t given a penny.

Published: 07th April 2016 04:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th April 2016 04:27 AM   |  A+A-


"So, whatever decision is taken by the ICC it has to be implemented on ground with the BCCI as host country. So there is no such difference. We are just looking forward to a successful T20 World Cup," said Thakur after the BCCI's 86th AGM today. | (FIl

NEW DELHI: BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said that disbursement of financial grant even in cricket’s global body ICC has always been performance-based,  where the top Test playing nations got more share compared to the associate members.

Thakur’s comments were in respect to Supreme Court’s scathing observations on BCCI’s fund allocation process where 11 Indian states were not given a single penny. “The impression we get from the Lodha Committee is that you are releasing huge amounts to some states and you leave it to the states on the ways to spend. You are practically corrupting the person by not demanding explanation in spending of huge money,” the two-judge bench of the court comprising Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice Ibrahim Kalifulla observed on Tuesday.

BCCI secretary Thakur, on his part, gave board’s explanation in this regard while answering questions from fans on BCCI’s official Facebook page. “Even ICC, which is our parent body, they have associates and affiliate members and they have full members. They deal with full members separately and deal with associate and affiliate members separately.

“This is the norm world over. You have to earn, if you don’t believe in earning your share, I think nobody will work hard. Look at Himachal, we were not a full member in early 80s and when we were made full member, we worked hard. I think that should be done by all states,” said the BCCI secretary.

Dravid Candidature  to be Discussed

Thakur also said the cricket board will have to deliberate over Rahul Dravid’s candidature before taking any decision on India’s next coach. “I think media publishes many reports which are not even discussed at any level. Rahul Dravid has done extremely well as a player and he has been outstanding with India A and U-19. Before taking any call, we have to discuss that within BCCI,” he said.

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