‘We’ve suffered plain harassment’ - Rajasthan Royals on why they want to shift base from Jaipur - Report
Last season, the franchise had made a request to play few of their matches in Guwahati and this particular request has now been challenged in court.Updated: Feb 02, 2020, 11:57 IST
Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals is not happy with the state of affairs in Jaipur and there are reports that the side might shift their base to a different city. “Be it the state’s sports council, under whose aegis the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) falls, the state machinery catering to law and order, the former officers of the RCA itself and political bigwigs in the state... they’ve all collectively given Rajasthan Royals nothing but trouble over the years. Plain harassment, that’s what we’ve suffered,” franchise officials told Times of India.
“Look at the stadium. It’s in such a bad state. The newly-elected body in RCA has just come in and they’ll need time even if they’re looking to correct things. The place has been a mess for quite some time now. Over the years, the RCA has failed to come up with good infrastructure anywhere outside of Jaipur,” franchise representatives said.
Last season, the franchise had made a request to play few of their matches in Guwahati and this particular request has now been challenged in court. “It’s a lovely ground. Some of our leading players visited there and praised the venue. There’s a strong Marwari presence in the northeast (Royals’ fan-base in Rajasthan) and we feel welcome there. That’s why we put in a request,” the official said.
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