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CP Joshi pads up for second innings at RCA, ad-hoc committee bowled out

The department of cooperative’s registrar had directed to dissolve the RCA executive committee and had ordered the appointment of an ad-hoc management committee instead.

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CP Joshi (centre) will retain the mantle of Rajasthan Cricket Association
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Fate is queer. In a turn of events, ousted president of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA), CP Joshi, will retain the mantle of the beleaguered cricketing body. 

The department of cooperative’s registrar had directed to dissolve the RCA executive committee and had ordered the appointment of an ad-hoc management committee instead. The decisions were, on Friday, overruled by the appellate authority. 

This also puts an end to the mid-term RCA election process that the ad-hoc committee was supposed to facilitate and oversee. 

“The sports secretary, in capacity of appellate authority ordered in favour of our appeal challenging appointment of the ad-hoc committee. The executive committee is once again in function and will soon hold a meeting to decide the future course,” says Mahendra Nahar, a member of RCA executive body and supporter of Joshi.   

The decision arrived as another major victory for Joshi. It was on Tuesday that results of assembly election declared him winner from Nathdwara constituency. As Congress forms government in the state, Joshi is also among probables for a cabinet berth. 

This change of fortunes for Joshi comes to concern his rivals on the pitch of cricket. Despite being elected president of RCA last year, Joshi had his working was hampered by a section of members of the association led by former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi’s son Ruchir who holds the post of Alwar district cricket association president. It was on complaint made by these opponents that cooperative registrar had dissolved the board in September this year. 

“The executive body meeting will be held after swearing-in ceremony of the new government. Thereafter, all necessary steps will be taken by the RCA to restore order to cricket in the state,” a Joshi supporter said of future possibilities.

The situation is, however, is of concern to the Modi camp who find themselves licking their wounds. A change in political scenario in state seemed to have worked for Joshi. Many of the district cricket associations tend to stay by the side of the government. Modi camp is expected to be further sidelined, but the biggest challenge for Joshi remains to get the association out of legal wrangles.

What’s Legal?

Despite being approved by BCCI, the constitutional amendments of the RCA are set to lose legitimacy. The long -pending amendments to include the recommendations of Supreme Court were proposed by the ad-hoc committee and as the ad-hoc committee appointment stands quashed all decisions made by them have also been laid to waste and rendered incapacitated.

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