Rajasthan could miss out on playing in the upcoming Indian domestic season

Shashi / 25 August 2014

The BCCI has suspended the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) from its domestic programme for the upcoming season. A handbook of domestic programme covering all categories – Under-16, Under-19, Under-23, Ranji Trophy and women’s tournaments – that has been circulated amongst all the affiliates does not mention Rajasthan. News came out today that Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA), could miss playing in the upcoming domestic season unless the two bodies, engaged in a legal fight over election of Lalit Modi, sort out the matter. As per the domestic schedule finalised by the BCCI, RCA is not in the picture but things can be worked out quickly and the association included once the matter is settled, according to Board sources here today.

The latest trigger is the BCCI ‘secretly’ constituting a ‘development committee’ that would administer the game this season in place of the ‘suspended’ RCA. The BCCI suspended the association the day Lalit Modi, who has been expelled for three years by the Board for alleged “serious misconduct and indiscipline”, was elected its president, on May 6. The ‘development committee’ is headed by former Test batsman Brijesh Patel, now secretary of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, and Amrit Mathur, a consultant with the sports ministry and a former secretary of the Railway Sports Promotion Board. Mathur is not a government nominee on the panel and has been picked for his association with the game and Rajasthan; he belongs to Jaipur.

The BCCI had recently formed an ad-hoc committee to look after cricketing affairs of four disputed associations, including RCA. The BCCI had suspended the RCA in May, minutes after former IPL chairman Lalit Modi had been announced as its elected president. Since Modi had been expelled from the BCCI, the board suspended the RCA for allowing him to contest elections.

“We know that the cricketers would suffer, but what can we do when there is no co-operation? We have to finalise the schedule and cannot wait for legal wrangles to end. But things can be worked out quickly to accommodate them, but for that to happen the matter [between RCA and BCCI] has to be sorted out,” the sources said, adding the programme has already been sent out to the Board-affiliated units. ”It would be sent to the media soon,” they added.

The founding chief of IPL was suspended in 2010 over allegations of “misconduct and indiscipline”. Post life ban, the 50-year-old cricket administrator has been living in exile in London.

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