The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to standardise payments made to state associations for hosting India ‘A’, India U-19, domestic and women’s matches because of huge disparities in the submitted bills.
The BCCI already has fixed amounts set aside for state associations which host international games. For example, the board shells out INR 25 lakh to an association for hosting a Test and INR 15 lakh for hosting an ODI or a T20I. However, it is not followed for non-international matches, and the board now has set aside a token amount of only INR 1 lakh as hosting fee for non-international games, besides the bills generated by the hosting association.
Associations are largely compensated as per these invoices generated and submitted to the board. The disparity in expenditures came to light when the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) billed the board INR 13.5 lakh, in addition to the hosting fees, for hosting four matches of the Deodhar Trophy played under lights at a single venue. HPCA’s bill included INR 4.50 lakh on diesel generator (DG) sets, INR 2 lakh on furniture and INR 7 lakh on operations and diesel for DG sets. The CAB also raised an invoice of approximately INR 8 lakh for hosting multiple teams in the second round of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20.
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