The four-match series is currently level at 1-1    IANS
The four-match series is currently level at 1-1 IANS

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to release funds to the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) to host the fourth and the final Test between India and Australia in Dharamsala as per the schedule. Earlier, the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA) had sought the apex court’s immediate interference to ensure both the Dharamsala Test and the upcoming tenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) are not disrupted by disgruntled state associations. The COA in its second status report, which was submitted in the court last week, had singled out the HPCA for intransigence. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia, 4th Test at Dharamsala

The three-member bench of administrators also had stern words for the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA), which is asking for more funds to host the IPL matches despite having ample cash reserves. However, a bench of the apex court headed by Justice Dipak Misra and also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan said that the BCCI should honour the terms and conditions so that there would not be any impediment in tomorrow’s series-deciding Test. READ: Rahane more chilled out than Kohli: Smith

Besides this, the Supreme Court also made it clear that any official, who has completed the nine years term in either BCCI or any state cricket association, would not continue further after three completion of the term.The series is currently level at 1-1. Australia need a draw in the Dharmasala Test to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, while only a win for India will ensure that they regain the trophy. READ: ‘Will play only If I clear fitness test’, says Virat Kohli

Australia won the first Test at Pune by 333 runs, but India bounced back well to level the series at 1-1. The third Test at Ranchi ended in a closely fought draw.