The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has on Thursday informed the England Crcket Board (ECB) that visitors will not be granted the preset courtesies of a tour following the restrictions placed on the BCCI by the Supreme Court of India.
According to a TOI report, BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke in a letter to Neale Phil, the operations manager of the England Cricket Board, said: "I am at great pains to inform you that the BCCI is at present not in a position to execute the MoU between the Indian Cricket Board and the ECB".
The Board secretary added in the letter that while certain courtesies such as hotel, travel and various other arrangements have been extended to the England team upon arrival in India, the BCCI is not in a position to commit paying for the same until the MoU is executed.
"Please make arrangements to remit such payments. The BCCI will inform you as and when further instructions are received by the BCCI from the Lodha Committee. I apologise on the behalf of BCCI for the inconvenience that is being caused," the letter read.
The England team arrived in India on November 2 from Dhaka and is staying at a South Mumbai hotel.
The first of the five Test series is scheduled to begin on November 9.
Meanwhile, a source close to the SC appointed Justice RM Lodha panel said: “The India-England series could be in jeopardy because of BCCI President Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke’s stubborn attitude as they have not yet filed affidavits regarding the implementation of the reforms suggested by the Lodha Committee.”
However, BCCI sources said that the last date for filing the affidavit is November 5 and there is still time to file.