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In the wake of the DDCA corruption row, when the Justice Lodha Committee met a bunch of stakeholders, administrators and cricketers to finalise the radical reforms, suggested that the affiliated state units, who do not use their funds for cricket and instead make it use for improving the infrastructure, will face some stern sanctions from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Sources within the board said that a suggestion was made to the committee that if a state affiliated unit isn’t using the BCCI subsidy money or else saving it in the bank, the board should be given the right to stop flow of funds to those associations. ALSO READ: DDCA corruption: Arun Jaitley should not be afraid of probe if he is innocent, says Arvind

As of now the board stops it’s subsidy only if the balance sheet falls low. Even if the Lodha panel were not to accept this suggestion, the board will still go ahead and introduce this clause. “It was discovered recently that an association official had used the BCCI money for renovating his own office. This isn’t a one-off case. Such misappropriation of funds has been happening in several associations for a very long time,” an official who had met with the Lodha Committee told Times of India on Sunday. ALSO READ: Virat Kohli interview used by AAP to claim rotten state of affairs in DDCA

Sources also claim that the board deliberately keeps away these suggestions from their circular which was given to all state associations during the BCCI AGM, including the doing away of the zonal based appointment of board president. It was principally agreed amongst the members that the next BCCI chief could be from any zone and that his candidature would be proposed and seconded by any state ­ irrespective of the zone. Another recommendation was to introduce the concept of open trials for raw talent, a proposal which was discussed during the interaction with the panel.