With new Prez at helm, RCA to approach BCCI for lifting the ban

Former Cong Central minister CP Joshi registers win over Lalit Modi’s son Ruchir by 19-14

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President Bhilwara DCA Rampal Sharma addressing media on behalf of the RCA President-elect CP Joshi on Friday.

The match between rookie Ruchir Modi and former Central minister CP Joshi ended with the veteran smashing the rookie out of the park despite the suspense looming large till the end with both claiming of majority support. Carrying a ‘clean’ image, the latter outdid the former who was bearing the weight of his father Lalit Modi’s ‘tainted’ image, by five votes in the run to become the Rajasthan Cricket Association’s (RCA) president on Friday.  Joshi swept the elections with 19 out of 33 votes in his favour. The elections were held as per Lodha Recommendations in the presence of election officer Retired IAS AK Pandey and ombudsman Justice Gyan Sudha Mishra.

Mohammad Iqbal, RS Nandu, Pinkesh Jain, Mahendra Nahar and Krishan Kumar Nimawat have been appointed as the vice president, secretary, treasurer, joint secretary and executive member respectively.

FOCUS ON GETTING RID OF BAN

With the outlawed former IPL chairman Lalit Modi not at the helm of the Rajasthan state cricket body anymore, it is expected that soon The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will lift the ban from the association that it had imposed in 2014.  

Rampal Sharma, President Bhilwara District Cricket Association (DCA), who represented the CP Joshi ensemble, said, “CP Joshi will with immediate effect speak to the BCCI officials regarding the lifting of ban and we are aiming to get rid of it within 30 days from now. Even if Lalit Modi stays as the President of Nagaur DCA it will not be an issue as Lodha recommendations are for the state bodies and BCCI, districts are not a part of it.” He added that RCA has suffered a lot and in three years time their team will accomplish what Modi could not in seven years.  

TEAM RAJ WAS AT THE RECEIVING END

Modi faces a slew of corruption charges and was banned by the apex body in 2013 and when he muscled power to stay put as RCA’s president, the association was also subsequently banned. Since then, the state’s team is being managed by an ad-hoc committee appointed by the BCCI. Cricketers have been playing under dire situation and their shoddy performance in the domestic circuit is there to speak for itself. Moreover, BCCI organises tournaments like Buchi Babu in Chennai, KSCA Trophy in Karnataka, Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup in Hyderabad, but given that RCA was sidelined by the body, Rajasthan team was left out of them. Lack of practice and team bonding in the past three years have done enough damage to the game in the state. Rampal Sharma  has assured that within 30 days the state will see changes in terms of its functioning and the ban will be lifted.

CROSS-VOTING

Meanwhile, with cross-voting being a dominant factor, the result could have gone in favour of the either side. It is being believed that this setback for Lalit Modi has roots in his relationship with the Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who is maintaining distance and is not even voicing her opinion in anything even distantly related to him.

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