Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi is planning to launch a Twenty20 league of his own in the state of Rajasthan in the near future.
According to The Indian Express, not only is the current Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) president planning to launch the 'Rajasthan Premier League' (RPL), but Modi is also believed to have expressed interest in hiring recently-retired foreign players to play alongside the state recruits.
Despite the bad blood that exists between the BCCI and Modi, which caused the former to ban the RCA for electing Modi as their chief, the league is not expected to face any roadblock as far as the prerequisite 'No Objection Certificate' from the Indian administrators is concerned, especially when similar tournaments are already in operation in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
The move could pose as a serious threat to the world's richest cricket board.
"It’s in the planning stage and though nothing has been finalised yet, we will decide soon whether to have a T20 league or not. The talks are on," RCA secretary Sumendra Tiwary was quoted as saying in the Indian Express report.
"He (Modi) is part of it; after all he is the president of RCA," added Tiwary on Modi's commitment towards the proposed tournament.
The BCCI too, did not express any immediate objection towards the inception of the league.
“They can host the league as it’s a domestic tournament and anyway they are hosting their own inter-district and other tournaments,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying in the Indian Express report. However, the BCCI rules state that such tournaments must restrict their talent pool to players from that particular state only, and not eye those from other states or countries.
Modi served as the chairman of the IPL during its initial years, before getting unceremoniously booted out by the BCCI in 2011. He has, since then, been embroiled in a number of controversies and disputes with the Indian board. Earlier this month, Modi applied for fresh citizenship in the Caribbean tax haven of St Lucia.
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