Team India cricketers to get Italian suits worth Rs 2.5 lakh each? No way

Updated: Dec 12, 2016, 11:47 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Facing funding crunch due to the tussle with the SC over the Lodha panel recommendations, the BCCI has rejected its CEO's proposal of having suits worth Rs 2.5 lakh each tailored for the Indian team


The Indian Team will have to make do with their old suits for the time being. Pic/AFP

It seems the suits that the Team India cricketers are wearing at official dos have become shabby and unwearable.

Well, that's what the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Rahul Johri, must have been told or he believed since he requested the Indian cricket board to order 50 Italian-tailored suits, costing Rs 2.5 lakh each, for the Men in Blue and the top officials.

According to an article in the Indian Express, the CEO sent an email to BCCI president Anurag Thakur, secretary Ajay Shirke and other senior officials in November. “The Indian team is in a serious need of new sets of formal attire. The cost per set will be approximately Rs 2.5 lakh. And we intend to order 50 sets. Request your go-ahead,” he allegedly wrote the article claimed.

But what with the SC-appointed Lodha panel watching all the board's spending like a hawk, the BCCI shot down the proposal.

The Supreme Court had only on Wednesday allowed the BCCI to incur expenses of Rs 1.33 crore for holding the remaining two cricket test matches between India and England scheduled at Mumbai and Chennai respectively.

A bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud also allowed the BCCI to an incur expenditure of upto Rs 25 lakh each for the three one-day internationals and three T-20 matches which are to be played between India and England from January 15 to February one.

The apex court though made it clear that payments to the state cricket associations hosting the matches have to be done through pay orders or cheques and no part of the fund will go to the host.

It also asked the BCCI to file an affidavit giving details of total money received by it in the three Test matches, which have already been played between India and England at Rajkot, Visakhapatnam and Mohali.

The cricket body will also furnish details of expenditure and income from the upcoming two test matches scheduled at Mumbai and Chennai, it said.

With such strict scrutiny of fund disbursal, it seems far-fetched that the SC would allow the BCCI to spend Rs 1.25 crores only on suits.

Well, as for Virat Kohli and Co, it seems they will have to make do with their 'old' suits for the time being.

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