IPL 2016: RCA expresses disappointment over Jaipur's snub by Governing Council
Deputy President of RCA Mehmood Abdi said that the BCCI should have waited for the verdict of the PIL in Rajasthan High Court on 3 May for them to host IPL matches.
Jaipur: The Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) was disappointed over the IPL Governing Council's decision to not hold matches in Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur, citing logistical issues.
Deputy President of RCA Mehmood Abdi said that the BCCI should have waited for the verdict of the PIL in Rajasthan High Court on 3 May.
Ending days of speculation, the IPL Governing Council on Friday announced that the Eliminator and second Qualifier of the 9th Indian Premier league will be held at the capital's Ferozshah Kotla stadium instead of Eden Gardens.
The IPL GC also decided to have Visakhapatnam as the common main venue for Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiants, in the wake of the Supreme Court dismissing the plea of Maharashtra and Mumbai Cricket Associations against the Bombay High Court order directing shifting of IPL matches outside the drought-hit state.
Abdi called it unfortunate.
"Decision of BCCI to not hold matches of Mumbai Indians in Jaipur is immensely disappointing. The SMS Stadium had been kept completely ready for IPL matches at considerable expenses. It is unfortunate that IPL would not be played in Rajasthan," Abdi said in a statement.
Abdi felt the IPL GC has acted prematurely and they should have waited for decision of the Rajasthan High Court.
The BCCI plans to add new teams in the 2022 edition and teams could be from Ahmedabad, Lucknow or Pune.
Rajasthan Royals Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara on Saturday blamed the "careless" approach of his batting unit in the first 10 overs for the 33-run loss against Delhi Capitals
While Samson has copped up a penalty of 24 lakhs, the other members of the playing XI "were each fined lesser of either Rs 6 lakhs or 25 percent of their individual match fee."