IN­DIA TEST THREAT LIFTED AF­TER FUNDS UNFROZEN

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

IN­DIA’S top court yes­ter­day par­tially lifted re­stric­tions on the pow­er­ful cricket board’s bank ac­counts, hours af­ter the or­gan­i­sa­tion threat­ened to can­cel the first Test against Eng­land on the eve of the match. The court set aside its pre­vi­ous or­der bar­ring the board ac­cess to its ac­counts with prior ap­proval from a spe­cial panel in­ves­ti­gat­ing the func­tion­ing of the Board of Con­trol for Cricket in In­dia (BCCI). “We are fine with the supreme court or­der be­cause we wanted money for or­gan­is­ing the In­dia-Eng­land test se­ries and that has been al­lowed,” a lawyer rep­re­sent­ing the board told AFP. The supreme court last month ruled that the board would have to seek prior ap­proval from a spe­cial panel in­ves­ti­gat­ing its gov­er­nance in or­der to re­lease funds to state as­so­ci­a­tions which host Test matches. In­dian skip­per Vi­rat Kohli in­sisted he would not haunted by past failures against Eng­land when bat­tle re­sumes to­day, and said he was now a bet­ter player than dur­ing a night­mare tour two years ago. “It was a phase when I did not per­form too well,” Kohli said. “It was Eng­land but it could have been any other coun­try in the world. It made me re­alise that I need to up my game. “I am thank­ful to Eng­land as I have been a very im­proved crick­eter from thereon. I just take it (that phase) as a set­back in my ca­reer.”

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