India vs West Indies 2014: KCA Officials Questioned by Income Tax Officials.
Income Tax officials here have quizzed Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) office bearers over a payment controversy following media reports that the game’s local governing body intervened and offered to pay the financially embattled West Indies team money to enable the first One Day International of a five-match series to commence as per schedule. The match was played here Oct8, and the Windies won by 124 runs.
Mr T.C.Mathew, KCA president, told IANS Saturday, “Yes, the income tax sleths from the Kochi office did meet up with us to find out if the news report that the KCA paid the money was true. We explained our position to them them and they understod it. How is it possible for the KCA to pay the West Indies team? We were all surprised to here the news reports too”. The West Indies tour begin in controversial circumstances when reports emerged that the players refused to take the field, before settlement of the dispute, for the tour to begin here.
The West Indies cricket players are currently embroiled in a payment dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board(WICB) and West Indies player’s Association (WIPA), consequence of which, their tour of India got abandoned midway Oct 17 after the completion of the fourth ODI at Dharamsala. The tour was scheduled to have a fifth ODI, three tests as well as Twenty20 international. India led the ODI series 2-1 after completion of the fourth match when the tour was forfeited.