Wankhede Stadium at Mumbai. @ AFP
Wankhede Stadium at Mumbai. @ AFP

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) are grappling for time and money with the fourth ODI between India and West Indies on October 29 fast approaching. According to a report in the Indian Express on Tuesday, the MCA, which was earlier functioning under the eyes of Bombay High Court-appointed two Committee of Administrators, justice VN Kanade and Hemant Gokhale, are now left with no office bearer to ensure any payments to its vendors, and salaries to its employees.

Justices Kanade and Gokhale’s term ended on September 15. No extension was given by the High Court. The BCC’s CoA handed over charge to CEO CS Naik. With no official left to oversees payments, the fourth ODI looks to be left in the lurch with time running short.

“MCA doesn’t have any signatory, so who will sign payments, who will appoint vendors. Who will conduct the entire game? In such circumstances, it will be very difficult for us to hold an international game. We will put all this case in front of BCCI let them take a call,” sources were quoted as saying in the report.

The MCA were left red-faced when they were unable to foot the 16-lakh bill of the Vijay Hazare Trophy team that was staying in a Bengaluru hotel for 21 days and had to request the BCCI to make the payments. The MCA will meet BCCI’s CEO Rahul Johri to chalk out a plan so to make payments to its vendors and employees.

The issue has cropped up after the CoA had released 604 extra complimentary passes from BCCI’s share to the various state associations, but MCA were unhappy and may demand more passes.