The Indian cricket board’s working committee met at its headquarters in Mumbai today and have given a green signal to sanctioning a grant of Rs.25 crores for the development of the game.
This development comes after the acting Indian FA president,
Praful Patel met his political peer, Sharad Pawar, who happens to be the
ex-BCCI president. It was claimed that the civil aviation minister had asked
for financial help from the richest cricket board in the world.
In a media release issued this afternoon, the cricket board stated, "BCCI will give All India Football Federation (AIFF) Rs. 25 crores for the development of football in the country in the next two years."
AIFF vice-president Subrata Dutta thanked BCCI and Praful
Patel for his efforts which has, so to say, ensured that the people’s game
doesn’t suffer from any more financial problems.
Speaking to Goal.com, Subrata Dutta said, “My heartiest congratulations
to Mr.Praful Patel. We are proud of him and I feel that under him, the pristine Indian football shall return.
“Thank you BCCI. Now, we are confident that there won’t be
any dearth of funds. Under Mr.Patel, we can now take Indian football to where
it should have been.”