Board may re­voke Rajasthan ban; Kochi Tuskers is­sue to be dis­cussed

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES SPORT - Arani.Basu@ times­group.com

New Delhi: This should be mu­sic to the ears of the ad­min­is­tra­tors in Rajasthan Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion. The In­dian cricket board (BCCI) is close to re­vok­ing the ban on the RCA which has been in place for three years.

It has been learnt that BCCI is ex­pected to lift the ban soon once the Supreme Court-ap­pointed Com­mit­tee of Ad­min­is­tra­tors (CoA) and the BCCI of­fice-bear­ers meet the next time. TOI tried to reach act­ing sec­re­tary Amitabh Choud­hary but he wasn’t un­avail­able for a comment. How­ever, BCCI’s act­ing pres­i­dent CK Khanna, who was made the chair­man of the ad-hoc com­mit­tee to run the af­fairs in Rajasthan cricket, con­firmed the de­velop- ment. “This is one of the is­sues sched­uled to be dis­cussed. It will be done at an ap­pro­pri­ate fo­rum,” Khanna told TOI.

Board sources said CoA had al­ready dis­solved the ad-hoc com­mit­tee and it is the right time to re­voke the ban. The CoA has asked Khanna to call an SGM by Novem­ber 16 so that the meet­ing could be held in an­other 21days. The board is due to ap­pear in front of the Rajasthan High Court to ex­plain the sta­tus of RCA at a hear­ing in Novem­ber.

RCA was sus­pended by BCCI in May 2014 when ex-IPL com­mis­sioner Lalit Modi was re-elected as the pres­i­dent. The elec­tions were held again un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the High Court and Congress leader CP Joshi was de­clared the pres­i­dent in June this year, de­feat­ing Modi’s son Ruchir.

The cricket af­fairs of RCA, how­ever, has been looked after by BCCI since 2014. The state’s first-class team has been play­ing un­der the name Team Rajasthan.

Re­cently, BCCI rec­om­mended the names of se­lec­tors for the Rajasthan se­nior and ju­nior teams. It is un­der­stood that most of the se­lec­tors hailed from the Jaipur district. In­ter­est­ingly, one of the rec­om­mended names, Mo­ham­mad As­lam, was the con­venor of the Ra­jputana Premier League which has come un­der the scru­tiny of the BCCI’s anti-cor­rup­tion unit.

Among other mat­ters, BCCI is sup­posed to dis­cuss the pro­posed set­tle­ment with the erst­while Kochi IPL fran­chise and the fu­ture tours pro­gramme for the pe­riod 2019-2023.

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