Cricket

IPL 2019: Ajinkya Rahane left stuck outside locked Jaipur stadium due to alleged tussle between officials

  • Press Trust of India
  • March 23rd, 2019
  • 20:23:46 IST

Jaipur: In an embarrassing situation, India's Test vice-captain and Rajasthan Royals captain Ajinkya Rahane was made to wait outside a locked Sawai Man Singh Stadium due to an alleged feud between Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) and the State Sports Council.

Rahane and a few Rajatshan Royals players, who had come for training found the SMS gates locked by the sports council employees for close to half an hour before they could enter after the intervention from franchise officials.

File image of Ajinkya Rahane. Twitter @rajasthanroyals

File image of Ajinkya Rahane. Twitter @rajasthanroyals

The Sawai Man Singh Stadium is under Rajasthan State Sports Council (RSSC) and normally it is the RCA that has pay for its upkeep.

"There has always been an issue of pending payments between RCA and RSSC since the time Lalit Modi was in charge of state cricket. However during the time of IPL, all payments are done by the franchise," a senior RCA official told PTI.

The official further said that it was more about state sports council officials trying to put pressure for freebies like complimentary passes for the matches.

"Today's incident was surprising since Royals have recently made a substantial payment for the maintenance of the stadium. Whenever there is IPL, the state sports council officials do these things forcing RCA to shell out more passes," he said.

When RCA joint secretary Mahendra Nahar was contacted, he cited security concerns.

"It is true that the players, who had come for training, had to wait for 15-20 minutes, but it was because of some security issues," said Nahar.

"Yesterday, some outsiders reached the practice session and created some problems. The RSSC had to take such an action after "some of the locals went inside the dressing room. The security officers wanted to set things in order before opening the gates," he added.

However the answer seemed to be far from convincing as the stadium authorities as per protocol at all venues are well informed in advance about the movement team on training as well as match days.

There was no official comment from the Royals.

Updated Date: March 23, 2019 20:23:46 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

World Test Championship Final: New Zealand 101/2 at stumps on Day 3; trail India by 116 runs
First Cricket News

World Test Championship Final: New Zealand 101/2 at stumps on Day 3; trail India by 116 runs

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor were batting on 12 and 0 respectively when bad light forced early stumps.

World Test Championship Final: Advantage New Zealand but India not worried, says Cheteshwar Pujara
First Cricket News

World Test Championship Final: Advantage New Zealand but India not worried, says Cheteshwar Pujara

"When it comes to finals we will give our best and we know that our team has the potential to do well and win the Championship," Pujara said. 

India vs England: Ajinkya Rahane gives batting tips to Mithali Raj and Co ahead of one-off Test
First Cricket News

India vs England: Ajinkya Rahane gives batting tips to Mithali Raj and Co ahead of one-off Test

According to sources in the know of developments, Rahane, a Test specialist with 73 games and over 4500 runs under his belt, was requested by women's team head coach Ramesh Powar for a session, primarily with the batters before they left for England.