‘Ruchir Building Castles In Air’


Doubtful of Modi junior’s promises, Rampal Sharma, President Bhilwara DCA,  says that Lalit Modi could not do anything in 4 yrs; on other hand, sources feel Nandu will turn tables on LaMo


Taking potshots at Ruchir Modi’s manifesto to overhaul cricket in Rajasthan, Bhilwara District Cricket Association’s President Rampal Sharma termed it as ‘building castles in the air’.

“From past four years cricket was under their charge and nothing happened. To revive cricket we have realistic plans and our focus will be on getting international and IPL matches back to the Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Stadium. Revival of domestic cricket in Rajasthan and promoting talent and cause of cricket in every district is also our prime agenda,” said Rampal, adding that they will also work towards building a new stadium.

He has been at the forefront in leading the CP Joshi camp and had also filed nomination for the post of RCA president, but took it back in support of former Central minister CP Joshi.

Rebutting Rajasthan Cricket Association’s Deputy President Mahmood Abdi’s claim of CP Joshi camp being backed openly by the Congress party, he said, “Lalit Modi camp wanted support of BJP and that is why they made such comments. There is no BJP and Congress battle here. Everything is registered under cooperative societies Act which carries no place for party politics and it follows already set rules which are same for everyone.”



The news taking rounds is that because CP Joshi is sure of minimum 18 and maximum 21 votes, he made up his mind to challenge the fugitive RCA president’s son Ruchir Modi for the top job. President of Bhilwara DCA claimed the same majority and exuded confidence saying that it is the veteran who will come up trumps. If sources are to be believed, several of Lalit Modi’s camp are not in his support and can possibly cross-vote. Moreover, Modi is bereft of any support from the Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who has kept herself tight lipped regarding any matter even distantly related to him. Ostensibly, she is maintaining a safe distance to avoid getting linked with the former IPL chairman, friendship with whom landed her in trouble a few years back.  “We cannot say that he does not have support. Handful of BJP members are backing him,” Rampal Sharma said. It is to be noted that both the camps are claiming majority support and the Modi team is already busy making preparations of an elaborated celebration today.


In the entire development, secretary of Nagaur DCA Rajendra Singh Nandu is being said to be a dominant force and in near future, he is expected to turn the tables against Modi to form his own team. Notably, Nandu has been shifting loyalties and he came under spotlight when a couple of months ago he showed support for CP Joshi ensemble. Now, he is the candidate of Modi group for the post of secretary. “Nandu will not easily accept Ruchir’s style of governance. And given that he will sit in the office, he is likely to take the advantage out of it,” a source said.



Giving a sneak peek into the manifesto of their coterie, during a presser on May 26 Mahmood Abdi shared, “The motto his to decentralise functioning of the association. Ruchir wants to develop every district cricket association as a self-sustaining unit with its own ecosystem. Funds received from BCCI must be equally distributed among all the districts with an eye on transparency and accountability.” He laid stress on grooming talent at a speed where in 18 months, three IPL-level players from every district can be produced.

Ruchir Modi’s idea of the proposed world class stadium in the city seemed larger than life. Elaborating upon the unseen and unheard of settings ever, Abdi said, “It will have around 50 restaurants, artificial beaches, games, underground parking,world class hotels and many more other attractions surrounding cricket. It will be a complete cricketainment unit that will also be a tourist destination.”

Ruchir’s vision includes comprehensive development of players from a very early age. The focus will be on nutrition, training, leadership, relevant exposure, mental conditioning that will include psychometric tests among several other things in the RCA Academy that we are planning to refurbish.
The RCA development blueprint also includes STEP that stands for- Scout Talent and Evaluation Panel. Vans will go places to tap talent that will be implemented in every state as well as districts and on the lines of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCCA) in America, skills of cricket aspirants will be honed under different levels like- school level, club level, district level, filtering them so on till they make it to the top level.

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