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BCCI still hasn’t released funds to the RCA

The cut-off between the cricket board and the association was such that Indian Premier League and even International games were not allocated to the state.

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A view of logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). (Photo by Aniruddha Chowhdury/Mint via Getty Images)

While states like Tamil Nadu have just wrapped their respective premier leagues and preparations for the Ranji Trophy matches have begun across the country, Rajasthan’s cricketers are still pondering over when the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) will call off its suspension and release funds.

The Nagaur District Cricket Association had mentioned last week that they expected for better treatment from the BCCI after maverick administrator Lalit Modi’s resignation, the formalities concerning his resignation have now been completed, officially.

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The Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) is in dire need of funds for the upliftment of the game in the state, but the board had rejected the idea of any association with them till the time Modi had a role in the body. The cut-off between the cricket board and the association was such that Indian Premier League and even International games were not allocated to the state.

CP Joshi the new president

Despite the fact that Modi’s son, Ruchir Modi was defeated by CP Joshi in the elections for the post of president, the BCCI’s lack of cordial relations that began when they suspended the Nagaur District Association has continued.

“The resignation of Lalit Modi has been forwarded to registrar office as well as BCCI , I am eager to start the cricket activities in the state,” informed R S Nandhu, secretary of Nagaur as well as of RCA, as reported by DNA.

Meanwhile, the hearing in the ongoing RCA case taking back the claim against BCCI will now be held on August 31. It’s expected that this time RCA will be submitting an undertaking that it will be taking back the case against BCCI, which were filed when Modi was the president of the body.

The taking back of case and removal of Modi from all positions in Rajasthan cricket were said to be the two conditions which were to be met for removal of the ban on RCA. However, with just about a month and a half left for Ranji fixtures, there is still no action on the field and that is worrying the cricketers.

By this time Colvin shield matches are held and camps for selections of the players. It is being said that it still is not too late and if after lifting the suspension, BCCI releases the funds, making use of grounds across the state, preparations can be set in place for the Ranji Trophy.

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