The BCCI is under scanner of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) over alleged violation of FEMA during the IPL auctions. The contentious issue is the base fee agreed upon between the BCCI and 72 foreign players. The forex payment guarantees are in clear violation of FEMA or the Foreign Exchange Management Act. Documents obtained by Headlines Today show that the total base fee guarantee extended by the BCCI was worth 13.4 million dollars or Rs 62 crore. The foreign exchange guarantee was given by the board without permission from the RBI. Foreign exchange transactions made during IPL 2 in South Africa too are under the scanner. These transactions were made with entities like Cricket South Africa and the sponsors. The BCCI had advanced 2.5 million dollars to enable budgeted costs of Cricket South Africa. Several transactions made to persons residing outside India and the sources of these funds too are being investigated. Juhi Chawla under scannerMeanwhile, Juhi Chawla, a co-owner of the Kolkata Knight Riders, has come under the scanner for alleged FEMA violation. An ED note accessed by Headlines Today reveals that 40 lakh shares of Chawla were transferred to a Mauritius-based company. The shares were transferred at par in violation of FEMA. The norms stipulate that since the shares were that of an unlisted company, they should have been valued by a chartered accountant. The ED report also cites similar irregularities in Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals.
Virat Kohli warned against complacency ahead of Team India’s departure for the 2019 Cricket World Cup which starts in England from May 30. India face a tough start to the tournament – their first 4 matches are against South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan.Virat Kohli has urged his men to be normal but insisted they must maintain their intensity throughout the tournament. The format for the 2019 World Cup is new to every player – it goes back to the 1992 format where each team played each other once before the knockouts.Virat Kohli admitted this would be the most challenging of all his 3 World Cups so far because of the format. Each team plays 9 league games before the semifinals get underway.Kohli, the best batsman in the world, said his players will have no choice but to be match-ready on June 5 for their campaign opener against South Africa.”We have 4 games straight up. We have no room for complacency and that’s why it’s the World Cup. You have to arrive on the first day match-ready and that is the challenge.”All the top football clubs in the world maintain their intensity right from day one for 3-4 months, be it the Premier League or the La Liga,” Kohli told the media hours before the team’s departure for England.Virat Kohli, who was part of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning side and the 2015 side which reached the World Cup semifinals in Australia, said he was happy with the balance of his side and expected his players to play good cricket after successful stints in the Indian Premier League.advertisement”The only expectation we have is to play really good cricket and that has been our focus. We are going to the World Cup feeling very well balanced. We expect ourselves to play the best cricket we can,” Kohli said.India will reach England a full 2 weeks before their first match on June 5 and Virat Kohli said it was important to get to the venue early so that the nerves could settle.”It’s always good to go to any place in advance. It gets rid of all the nerves in the World Cup. Playing white ball cricket in England.. the conditions are not that different there as compared to playing Test cricket,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India will be world champions if they play to potential, says Ravi ShastriAlso Read | No competition between Hardik Pandya and me: Vijay ShankarAlso See