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RCA's domestic season chances weaken

Amol Karhadkar

August 29, 2014

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Ramesh Powar leaves Rajasthan

  • Offspinner Ramesh Powar has terminated his agreement with the Rajasthan Cricket Association and has obtained a No Objection Certificate from the BCCI that will allow him to represent another team in the 2014-15 domestic season. Powar had signed a two-year agreement with Rajasthan in August last year and played six games for the side in the Ranji Trophy but with the team's participation in this year's domestic season in doubt, the offspinner asked for an NOC from the BCCI.

The Rajasthan Cricket Association was kept out of the BCCI's central zone meeting to finalise venues for zonal age-group tournaments on Wednesday, indicating that the state association's chances of participating in the upcoming domestic season are weak.

The ad-hoc committee headed by Brijesh Patel, that had been appointed to oversee disputed domestic associations, has already informed the BCCI of its inability to sort out issues with the Rajasthan government. On the sidelines of the BCCI's marketing committee meeting in Mumbai on Thursday, one of the BCCI's office bearers also told members he had doubts on whether Rajasthan could feature in the upcoming season.

Following its suspension from the BCCI and its exclusion from the board's domestic programme, the RCA was not invited for the central zone meeting where the associations of Vidarbha, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Railways chalked out the itinerary for the zonal tournaments, including the inter-state under-16 and under-19 tournaments.

The RCA office-bearers, however, remained confident about being a part of the domestic season and maintained that the selection process for all age-group and senior teams would begin soon.

Despite excluding the RCA from its domestic schedule, the BCCI had kept a slot open for the suspended association if the ad-hoc committee headed by Brijesh Patel could sort out the issues with the state government. While the committee did not receive a favourable response during their meeting with the state government, it was considering approaching the authorities again. However, ESPNcricinfo understands that the committee decided against doing so, opting instead to wait for the Rajasthan state government officials to make a move. With the time running out, the forthcoming Ranji Trophy could feature 26 instead of 27 teams.

If Rajasthan continues to be sidelined, the junior boys and girls will miss out on one full season of domestic cricket. As for the Ranji cricketers, some of the seniors like Pankaj Singh, Robin Bist, Vineet Saxena along with promising youngsters like Ashok Menaria and Deepak Chahar may play for other teams as professionals. Though the BCCI's deadline for domestic transfers ends on August 31, the board will allow transfers of cricketers from Rajasthan after the deadline, if required.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by baghels.a on (August 29, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

I sincerely hope that this impasse is sorted out soon so players don't suffer...Rajasthan u-19 team has got couple of promising fast bowlers and one very exiting batsman who will surely make the India u-19's or Rajasthan senior team.,it would be a shame if these youngsters are forced to sit out the season.I think next stage should be for Rajasthan players both Ranji and U-19 players need to stage a protest in full glare of media and only then both the interested parties will truly listen and act.

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