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Supreme Court said the amount will be released to meet the players’ allowances, insurance expenses and payment to the third umpire as per the contract entered into by the BCCI, not to SCA Wikimedia Commons

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to spend upto Rs. 58.66 lakhs for the conduct of the first Test match between India and England starting at Rajkot on Wednesday. The bench headed by chief Justice TS Thakur said that the apex cricket body can spend a similar amount for the other matches to be played between India and England till December 3. Allowing the BCCI to incur these expenses, the court said the amount will be released to meet the players’ allowances, insurance expenses and payment to the third umpire as per the contract entered into by the BCCI for the conduct of the match and not to Rajkot/Saurashtra Cricket Association. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs England 1st Test at Rajkot

Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday moved to the Supreme Court seeking the release of funds for the first India-England Test at Rajkot from Wednesday. The BCCI was barred from releasing any funds till it gave an undertaking to the apex court that it would comply with the recommendations of the Lodha Committee. Appearing before a bench of Justice Anil R Dave and Justice AM Khanwilkar, senior counsel Kapil Sibal said that unless the BCCI was allowed to release the funds the Rajkot match on Wednesday between India and England would be cancelled.

As Sibal mentioned the matter for an urgent hearing, the counsel for the Lodha panel Gopal Subramaniam told the court that BCCI was in breach of the Court s October 21 judgment. Subramaniam said funds can t be released till the BCCI complies with the directions issued by the Lodha panel and endorsed by the top court.