Giles Clarke expresses concern over BCCI turmoil

Giles Clarke expresses concern over BCCI turmoil

Ajay Shirke
Ajay Shirke. (Photo by Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The chairman of the England Cricket Board (ECB), Giles Clarke has gone on to state concerns about England’s ongoing tour of India. More recently, the top brass of the BCCI was asked to take a walk by the Supreme Court as they carried out a massive crackdown on the ordeal.

However, the fact of the matter remains that the ECB is certainly concerned about the way the England team will be taken care of in their tour. Clarke went on to add that he had received a few calls from ousted secretary Ajay Shirke. “I have received calls from Mr. Shirke who I understand is no longer the Honorary Secretary of BCCI,” Clarke wrote.

“Can you please confirm to me that the England team will continue to be looked after by the BCCI in the usual fashion, with proper security, player daily allowance payments, hotel bills covered and the like, with transport organized at all times.

“Obviously it is entirely a matter for BCCI where matches are played, but please advise soonest that the schedule will be adhered to, or any changes.”

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Rahul Johri, the CEO of the BCCI went on to add that everything was going rather smooth as well. “The BCCI has announced the teams for the warm-up matches, the ODIs, and the T20 matches, the ticket sales for which have kicked off with the first game sold out, as of last week,” Johri wrote.

“The other venues have shown similar uptake in anticipation of an exciting contest between our teams. As you must have followed, the Supreme Court has delivered their verdict early this week, and we are expected to work with the court-appointed administrators, who will be appointed by the 19th of this month and until such time, we are making every effort to ensure that the matches live up to the expectations of all our stakeholders, including ECB.

Johri went on to add that the Board had been assured that there would be no disruption as far as the series would be concerned. “We have been in touch with all the hosting centers and they have expressed confidence that the games will be managed successfully, just like always, and as on date, we do not anticipate any form of disruption to the series. Rest assured, I will personally monitor the series as it unfolds and will keep you posted on the progress.”

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Clarke declined to comment on the exchange when contacted. “I am not going to make any comment,” he told ESPNcricinfo. “I don’t even know what this is.”