Throwing the ensuing series with England into a jeopardy, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has asked its English counterparts to bear the expenses of the England cricketers during the two month-long stay in the sub-continent.
This is an unusual twist as the richest Board expressed total helplessness to bear the expenses.
Dear Phil, I warmly welcome you for the upcoming cricket series. I am however at great pains to inform you that the BCCI is at present not in a position to execute the MoU between the Indian Cricket Board and the ECB. This is due to restrictions on execution of contracts imposed on the BCCI by a Court order,” Shirke wrote to Phil Neal, manager of the England cricket team in India, according to a report in Indian Express.
The MoU is a standard agreement detailing terms and conditions under which the bilateral series will be played.
“Certain courtesies such as hotel, travel and other arrangements have been extended to you on arrival of the team in India. However, till the MoU is executed, the BCCI is not in a position to commit to paying for the same. Please make arrangements to remit such payments. The BCCI will inform you as and when further instructions are received by the BCCI from the Lodha Committee,” the letter stated.
The five-match Test series begins with a match in Rajkot on 9 November.