Qaiser Mohammad Ali
The BCCI on Wednesday announced that it November it made 33 payments of Rs 25 lakh and above, totalling Rs 77.68 crore. Out of these, four payments, worth Rs 5.72 crore, were made to foreign-based entities while 29 payments, of Rs 71.95 crore, were made to domestic companies/individuals/state associations.
The largest payment, of Rs 17.95 crore, was made to the Maharashtra Cricket Association. Out of this amount, Rs 11.20 crore was given against MCA’s infrastructure subsidy claim and the rest (Rs 6.75 crore) as advance of the amount due to it.
The BCCI, the wealthiest cricket body in the world with a net worth of Rs 5,436 crore, paid the Indian government taxes worth Rs 4.87 crore. This amount includes Rs 4.33 crore in the form of Tax Deducted at Source and Rs 54.24 lakh as Service Tax Output – both for October.
Besides these payments, several current and retired platers were paid for their services for the national team, injuries and commentary fees. Retired India pacer Zaheer Khan received Rs 81.82 lakh “towards loss of pay for IPL 2014”.
IPL team Delhi Daredevils had bought Zaheer for Rs 4 crore for IPL 2015, but the left-arm pacer missed 50 per cent of the matches due to an injury. Out of the 14 matches that Delhi Daredevils played, he played only seven and managed only seven wickets at an average of 22.28.
The BCCI did not explain under which it made the payment to Zaheer, as he was not a BCCI-contracted player for the 2014-15 season and was out of the national team for almost a year.
Legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar was paid Rs 89.36 lakh towards commentary fees for the period July to September. Gavaskar is currently contracted with the BCCI.
Amongst the foreign parties, the ICC was paid almost Rs 5 crore.
The Board paid the ICC Rs 2.49 crore ($3,80,000) for availing the services of its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit for the duration of the IPL 2015.
The BCCI also paid the ICC Rs 2.43 crore ($3,70,111.96) for taking extra team members to the 2014 ICC World Cup held in Australia/New Zealand.
The BCCI had earlier announced that in October it had made payments worth Rs 87.08 crore.
This is the total amount disbursed for each single payment of Rs 25 lakh or above. There would be many more payments worth below that figure.
Now, in two months – October and November — the BCCI has disbursed a total Rs 164.76 crore in 62 different payments of worth Rs 25 lakh and above.
However, the BCCI did not declare how much income it had made in these two months, prompting some people to say that it was a “clever way of showing to the world that the Board is spending a lot”, and that “it would also be interesting to know how much it earned in a month”.
The BCCI, which traditionally shielded al its monetary transactions, started disclosing figures only after steps taken by the Supreme Court in the aftermath of the 2013 IPL betting-fixing scandal, says many experts.
Specifically, they say, the BCCI made this move after the Supreme Court appointed the RM Lodha Committee to suggest measures for reforms in the Board. The committee is set to submit a report by this month-end.