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Thursday, 19 December 2013 - 2:32pm IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: DNA
Cricket in Rajasthan seems to be going through a rough phase. People were yet to leave behind the IPL match-fixing scandal, and here comes another shocker. The battle being fought between BCCI and RCA seems to have thrown the actual game off the pitch...

One of the country’s most loved games, Cricket, is facing heat in the desert state. After the spot-fixing episode which shook the foundation of Indian Cricket, the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) now faces another shocker, this time from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The BCCI has threatened it would impose a ban on RCA if former IPL commissioner and ex-RCA president Lalit Modi is allowed to contest the  RCA’s presidential elections.

If the BCCI keeps its word, what would be the future of Cricket in Rajasthan? State’s first-class schedule boasts of some heavyweight cricketing events next year both in men’s and women’s categories. Will they be called off?

The Rajasthan team has left for a Ranji match against Tamil Nadu in Tami Nadu. Will it be called off or things would ease? Also, if the RCA is banned, what will happen to the funds that it has already received from the BCCI? Will they be used?

Also, what will happen to the officials associated with the RCA? What will happen to the tie-ups that the RCA has with the sponsors and a number of associations? What will happen to the future of cricket in Rajasthan and the budding cricketers across the state?

An official associated with the RCA said on the condition of anonymity, “Even we’re not sure of what is going to happen in this tussle, but cricket will definitely suffer if a ban is imposed by the BCCI. However, there are possibilities that things may fall in place, if the tiff is sorted out between Modi (read Lalit Modi) and the BCCI. We hope for the best so that cricket may prosper here.”

No matter what happens but for now, Lalit Modi is contesting the election for the presidential post of the RCA.


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