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No games in Jaipur for Rajasthan Royals

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 5, 2013

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Rajasthan Royals celebrate a wicket, Pune Warriors v Rajasthan Royals, IPL, Pune, May 8, 2012
Rajasthan Royals will play their home matches in Ahmedabad and Rajkot © AFP

The Rajasthan Royals will play all their home games of the 2013 IPL in Gujarat instead of Jaipur, their original home city. The decision to move the matches from Jaipur to Rajkot and Ahmedabad was taken after an IPL governing council meeting on Monday in Chennai.

Following a dispute between the Rajasthan Cricket Association and the state sports council, the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur has been unavailable for the RCA for almost a year.

Since the dispute could not be resolved, the governing council, in its previous meeting on January 23 had placed Ahmedabad and Rajkot on standby for hosting the Royals' home games. The governing council meeting confirmed allocating four games each to the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Ahmedabad and the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium in Rajkot.

Royals have used Jaipur as their base in each of the five years since the IPL was launched in 2008.

At any rate, the significance of home advantage might be reduced following instructions - after a meeting between the curators of various state associations and BCCI officials - regarding the state of pitches in IPL 2013.* "Clear instructions have been handed out to the curators, that they should prepare sporting wickets and should not listen to any requests from the franchises," a member of a state association was quoted as saying by PTI. "The franchise owners have also been apprised that they should not put any type of pressure on the curators to prepare wickets of their choice."

*07.00GMT, February 6, 2013: This article has been updated with the news about the pitches for IPL 2013

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Posted by Sunil_Canada on (February 6, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

Rajasthan Royals should change the name (for this year at least) to GujRaj Royals to gain home advantage in Gujarat. GujRaj is for GUJrat and RAJasthan.

Posted by nikhil_tawde on (February 6, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

this is a good move by bcci

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (February 6, 2013, 5:57 GMT)

Love Dravid. Will follow him wherever his team goes. Simple as that.

Posted by challagalla on (February 6, 2013, 1:42 GMT)

Yet another instance of politics in sports. Every state cricket association hereafter should plan on building their own stadiums so they do not run against a beauracratic wall imposed by some politician who has a grouse against the local cricket body.

Posted by gaurav22584 on (February 6, 2013, 0:18 GMT)

Ahmedabad have already staged some matches for RR in the past, and there was a good response from the crowd as well. People from Gujarat would surely support to RR!

Posted by luvcricket_new_gen on (February 5, 2013, 22:41 GMT)

the most boring team to follow along with formerly known Deccan chargers. Playing away from their "fortress" makes it even more compelling to avoid following them.

Posted by liveforcric on (February 5, 2013, 19:24 GMT)

This is ridiculous. How can a team not have a home ground and prosper. This is like Pakistan not being able to play international games at home. Although the reasons may be a zillion times more puny that what pakistan is facing everyday. How long will RR sustain this?

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