India’s cricket board cannot release funds to state affiliates until they implement sweeping reforms backed by the Supreme Court, the top court ruled on Friday.

The Supreme Court also ordered the setting up of an independent auditor to keep an eye on the accounts of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The board was accused of flouting suggestions made by the SC-appointed Lodha panel.

The SC asked BCCI chief Anurag thakur to be present before the Lodha panel and comply with the recommendations, and imposed a ceiling on the tender and contracts that BCCI could enter. According to the BCCI, the board is ready to implement the Lodha Panel but many state associations are creating roadblocks.

Supreme court’s Friday order is the latest in the tussle between the BCCI and the judiciary. If the Supreme Court’s order gets implemented then the ongoing Ranji Trophy tournament could be disrupted. Other then this fund freeze is unlikely to affect the state units’ functioning immediately as they are believed to have substantial money in their accounts.