Government requests BCCI to host Rajasthan Royals' matches at Jaipur

Government requests BCCI to host Rajasthan Royals’ matches at Jaipur

Rajasthan HC requests BCCI to remove ban on RCA.

Shilpa Shetty
Shilpa Shetty. (Photo by PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

The Rajasthan Government has drafted a letter to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) regarding its intention to provide the requisite facilities to the Rajasthan Royals team so that it can hold its matches in its fortress at Sawai Maan Singh Stadium at Jaipur.

The last time the Pink City hosted an international match was back in 2013 against Australia where India historically chased down a monumental total of 360 thanks to the knocks from Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.

Also, the Royals are coming back from a two-year relegation due to corruption charges. Royals have been deprived of their home advantage because of the inability of the Rajasthan Cricket Association to acquire requisite state government clearances.

The state government’s affirmation came after Rajasthan Royal‘s intention of shifting their base outside Jaipur in the wake of prevailing insecurity over the membership of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). The Jaipur based cricket association has been suspended since the beginning of the year.

It is learnt that the Shilpa Shetty co-owned team had requested the BCCI to move its matches out of the state to Pune or Guwahati. The final decision on the matter is expected to be taken during the meeting between the franchise owners and BCCI on November 21.

Rajasthan HC requests BCCI to remove ban on RCA

According to reports from Bangalore Mirror, the was an order from the Rajasthan HC on Wednesday which asked BCCI to lift its ban on the RCA. However, the Rajasthan Royals have denied all claims about their team going under the hammer and stated that they would be elated in the capital of Rajasthan if things work out.

The BCCI tried to elicit the opinion of the teams on their preference of a soft or hard cap on the player purse. It is a contentious point considering that the soft cap could lead to payment for the players outside the salary cap which was a controversial policy adopted in 2014.