The Irani Cup, which will kick off the 2012-13 first-class domestic season, has been moved out of Jaipur, its originally designated host venue, after heavy rains made conditions "unplayable", according to Venkat Sundaram, the chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) grounds and pitches committee.
The Irani Cup, played between the Ranji Trophy champions – Rajasthan this year – and Rest of India, was scheduled from September 21-25 in Jaipur, but there had been a cloud over Jaipur's status as host even before rains lashed the ground. The Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) has been at loggerheads with the Rajasthan Sports Council (RSC) and only received possession of the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur with barely two weeks to go for the Irani Cup.
The RSC owns the ground and had locked its gates following a dispute with the RCA, which meant the outfield and pitch went untended. The subsequent heavy rains meant a lot of work needed to be done to ensure the ground was in a fit-enough condition to host the match.