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BCCI suspends RCA after Modi elected president

Nagraj Gollapudi

May 6, 2014

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'I'm going to show them how cricket is run' - Modi

Minutes after Lalit Modi was declared the president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association, the BCCI suspended RCA for allowing a banned individual to be a part of its affairs. At the same time, the BCCI has said cricketers from Rajasthan won't suffer since an ad-hoc committee will run cricket in the state till the dispute with the RCA is resolved.

"Interim president Shivlal Yadav has suspended RCA as per rule 32 (vii) under the BCCI's constitution. We will very shortly come out with an ad-hoc committee to take care of cricket in Rajasthan," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told ESPNcricinfo. "Modi has already been expelled from the BCCI and he has not challenged that ban. Those are known things. So, for us, Modi is a non-existent person."


Rajasthan celebrate their Ranji Trophy triumph with an open-top bus ride, Jaipur, January 24, 2012
BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel: 'The ad-hoc committee will work out how Rajasthan can play in BCCI tournaments' © Mahesh Acharya
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Modi called the BCCI move "illegal" and said he would challenge it. "They have no powers to form an ad hoc committee," he said. "They have illegally suspended RCA. They cannot do that."

Immediately after returning as the RCA president, Modi spelt out his plan to revamp cricket in Rajasthan. However, with the BCCI deciding to suspend RCA, the fierce tussle between the former IPL chairman and the BCCI seems to be far from concluded. Patel was in no mood to resolve any dispute. "Where is a question of resolving anything? We have suspended both Modi and the RCA. Those who want to go with them can go," he said.

"But we will see that cricket is not affected and cricketers are not affected across all age groups. The ad-hoc committee will work out how Rajasthan can play in BCCI tournaments. The boys and cricket should not suffer. That is our primary goal. The players do not need to worry. We will see how to make them comfortable."

Patel said last week's Supreme Court order, which directed the court-appointed observers to announce the results on May 6, had made it clear that the aggrieved parties can challenge the poll results at an appropriate forum. "In the same order on April 30, the honourable Supreme Court has directed that if it is found by BCCI that any person has acted against any rule/regulation/law which is to be enforced by us, it would be open to us to take action against such person. Here it is the RCA that has gone against our rules and we have taken action now."

Sharad Pawar, the former BCCI and ICC president, said the board's move to suspend the RCA was shocking. "I was shocked to hear about the decision. I think it is a very harsh decision by the BCCI," Pawar told PTI. "For the sake of one individual to suspend a whole organisation is really shocking. I hope (BCCI interim president) Shivlal Yadav will show some spirit in the organisation and respect the views of the judiciary."

Modi, who was the founding chairman of the IPL, was suspended by the BCCI on April 26, 2010, following various allegations of misconduct. After Modi left the country citing security reasons, a special enquiry panel appointed to conduct an enquiry into the 11 charges against Modi found him guilty on eight counts. As a result, a special general meeting of the BCCI expelled Modi for life on September 25, 2013. According to the BCCI regulations, Modi's expulsion cannot be revoked for at least three years from the date of issue of the ban.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by satheeshkumar.m on (May 7, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

It is a shame on Indian cricket.

I am proud of the Indian team and the players. But extremely angry with the administrators. The administrators have spoiled the country's image and rich cricket history.

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 18:24 GMT)

Only player from Trust is binny who is from banglore. Else no one really

Posted by   on (May 6, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

So these are the guys we wan't to have a major say in running world cricket?

Posted by Sharat Ojha on (May 6, 2014, 9:18 GMT)

Modi is right in this case. Even when RCA was part BCCI How many Players of rajasthan actually get chance to play in INDIAN team?? Think about that. Modi is fighting for the talent in the Rajasthan State. Make a Club for Rajasthan Team like RR and the players can play all over the world under that Club's name and can earn name and fame. Many players stop playing the game very early in their age due to the same fact and pressure that even if they will do good at State level or say domestic level they are not going to be selected in the INDIAN team just because they are from Rajasthan and not from Mumbai, Delhi or Bangalore. :(

Posted by Great_Nate on (May 6, 2014, 9:12 GMT)

This is classic. Talk about politics!

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