After West Indies decided to pull out of it’s India tour due to dispute between players and Cricket Board, BCCI invited Sri Lankan team to play 5 match ODI series. While this is being compared to how buddies invite each other for weekend parties, Finance Ministry is not in mood for this joke.
Sources in Finance Ministry have told your newspaper that, due to Indian tax laws if foreign citizens stay in India for more than 180 days they need to pay certain taxes. With India and Sri Lanka playing so much mutual cricket, officials in Finance Ministry have requested for immigration records for Lankan cricket team.
Officials in Immigration department who spoke on condition anonymity have told your paper that apart from India Sri Lanka series most of Lankan players are part of cash rich IPL. During the competition players were also present in India. This may result in some of the players crossing 181 days mark.
BCCI already under pressure due to IPL fixing saga wants to avoid another fiasco. BCCI spokesman declined to comment on the issue. However officials confirmed that probe is going on and board would cooperate fully with the Government agencies.