The in-fighting at the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) has cost Jaipur cricket lovers the India-Australia first One-day international.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India, in its 80th Annual General Meeting has decided to relocate the first of the seven ODIs from Jaipur to Baroda on October 25.
The two warring factions of the RCA, Sanjay Dixit, who has been ousted as the president in Sunday's no-confidence motion, and the acting-president Rajendra Singh Rathore, were allowed to attend the AGM.
Said BCCI president Shashank Manohar: “Since it was a complicated issue that needed a judicial order, we allowed both the groups to attend.” Former deputy president Bimal Soni of the Rathore group said: “Dixit has been ousted and should not have sat in the AGM."
There were allegations and counter allegations by Soni and Dixit, who said: “I accuse Lalit Modi for creating this dispute by organising a signature campaign by paying Rs 4-5 lakh for each signature.” Modi did not react to the allegations, saying: “Why should I react? I am not part of the RCA.”
The RCA dispute aside, there were routine issues discussed and decisions taken at the AGM that lasted barely an hour.
Heavyweights from the world of politics attended the AGM including recently-elected president of Gujarat Cricket Association and Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi.
IMG fee revised
The BCCI approved a fresh deal between the IPL and the IMG for an annual fee of Rs 27 crore, negotiated from the previous Rs 33 crore, from 2010 for the remainder of their 10-year contract till 2017. Manohar also said that there was no truth in reports about the dispute between N. Srinivasan, the BCCI secretary and Modi. "It is factually incorrect.”
Other important decision taken:
The BCCI is not to compensate the franchisees as Manohar said: “Compensation is for a loss and not for loss in profit. According to the board, no franchisee has incurred loss as a result of shifting the 2009 IPL to South Africa.”