IPL: No differences with Rajasthan Royals, RCA claim

JAIPUR: One day after TOI reported that IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals they were thinking of moving out of state when they felt 'harassed' to organize parties in Jaipur, the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) has refuted the accusation saying there is no friction between the two bodies.

RCA Secretary Mahendra Sharma quashed the IPL outfit's claims saying, We have assured Rajasthan Royals of every support, something that the association has always done in the past. The charge of 'continuous harassment' is very serious. We want to know who has made that comment from the Royals management to respond in a fair manner RCA president Vaibhav Gehlot is in continuous talks with the Jaipur-based franchise to ensure that even the two IPL matches do not get shifted to Guwahati. But we are yet to arrive at any decision."

On Thursday, a division bench of Rajasthan high court said that fixing the venue of matches of Rajasthan Royals outside Jaipur is subject to the outcome of writ petition. The court has granted time to the BCCI Royalty Rajasthan State Sports Council (which owns and manages the Sawai Man Singh Stadium - the host venue of Royals) and RCA to file a reply within a week. The bench gave these orders while hearing a PIL challenging the decision of the apex cricket body to shift IPL matches of the Royals from Jaipur to Guwahati.

Also, former president and chief patron of RCA CP Joshi has hit back on the Royals' official. The Congress veteran believes that the decision of moving matches to Guwahati should have been done after consulting them. Earlier when we had matches here in Jaipur, we were not even recognized by the BCCI. Also, when I had become the RCA president, BJP's Vasundhara Raje He was the prime minister here in Rajasthan and we all cooperate to ensure that all Royals parties are held in the Pink City, Joshi told TOI.

Joshi was elected for the second time as the RCA president in 2017 and held the post till Vaibhav Gehlot took over the reins on October 4, 2019.

The 69-year-old underscored that moving out matches is also betraying of cricket lovers' trust in the state. You cannot choose according to your own wish. How can you deprive the audience of the state? A democratically elected RCA regime was not taken into confidence before deciding to shift certain matches to Guwahati. If it is a matter of revenue then why only the Royals want to shift and not other IPL franchises? Joshi questioned.