Mumbai: The Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) were on Friday locked in a bitter battle after four home matches of the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) were shifted to Ahmedabad. This comes a day after the BCCI announced the fixtures for 36 matches for the IPL home-leg from May 2. (Adjoining image for representational purpose only)
While RCA claimed that they were not consulted, BCCI said the Rajasthan Royals had indicated to the board that they would be happy to play their home matches in Ahmedabad to avoid any uncertainty due to the general elections. (Also read: Why is UAE an IPL venue? Sports Ministry asks BCCI)
RCA shot-off a letter to Sunil Gavaskar, interim BCCI president for IPL, saying they had the no-objection certificate from the state government to host the matches. "We have done all the necessary preparation to conduct these matches and sought permission from the Government of Rajasthan for the same. The Government of Rajasthan has no objection for conduction of these matches in May 2014 as Elections are to be held on 17th and 24th April ... We are surprised how governing council of IPL has shifted our home matches to Ahmadabad without even asking us," said RCA officiating secretary K.K. Sharma.