RCA might face disaffiliation from the parent body and lose out on IPL matches
Jaipur: The former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi is certain to come to power as the president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA), following the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) admittance to defeat in the recently conducted polls, but the Modi faction fears that the BCCI would resort to arm-twisting tactics and drop Jaipur as one of the IPL venues.
The state capital has been allotted seven matches of the cash-rich tourney to be played from April 8 to May 12 this summer. These matches are to be hosted by the Rajasthan Royals as one of the franchisee in association with the RCA.
“The BCCI will see to it that RCA don’t get any IPL matches. This will be a pressure tactics that the cricket board would adopt as the domestic T20 tourney is conducted by the BCCI’s special committee on IPL.
“The BCCI would drop Jaipur as a venue of the IPL matches and would ask the franchisee Rajasthan Royals to hold the matches out of Rajasthan. The BCCI’s sole objective is to pressurise the Modi loyalist to distance themselves from Modi” said a member of the Modi faction on the condition of anonymity.
Dr Bimal Soni, the Senior deputy president in the existing RCA, who did not contest the election, but continues to remain deputy president till the result are declared, said that any move by the BCCI to take away the IPL matches from Jaipur would be contested in the court of law as this would be nothing less than arm-twisting tactics by the BCCI.
Dr Soni, a former Ranji Trophy player, said it seems the BCCI is hell-bent to suspend the affiliation of the RCA once the apex court declares Modi as the elected president considering he is facing a life ban imposed by the cricket board.
The anti-Modi lobby in the RCA, who are only seven in number as compared to 26 Modi’s loyalist, feels that once the apex court declares Modi as clean winner, the BCCI will have no option but to disaffiliate the RCA.
“This would be a very unfortunate situation as the cricketers would not be able to participate in any tournament conducted by the BCCI. No individual is bigger than cricket and the supporters of Modi have no clue about the enormous power that the BCCI wields,” said the acting secretary K. K. Sharma.
Earlier, BCCI successfully opposed opening of a sealed envelope containing the results of the polls before the Supreme Court which favoured that former players administer the game instead of businessmen.The bench which was about to open the sealed envelope could not proceed further as BCCI and Modi’s rival for the post of President in RCA R P Sharma along with others vehemently opposed declaration of results for 21 posts saying it will have a far-reaching impact on cricket administration and players.
While a battery of lawyers from both sides were making submissions in high pitch and trading personal charges against BCCI President N Srinivasan and Modi, the bench said “at least a person who has played cricket up to Ranji trophy level should be an office bearer”.
Realising that the entire controversy over the RCA polls was turning out to be a battle between Srinivasan and Modi, the bench decided to adjourn the hearing for March 4.