New Delhi, Apr 5: A day after BCCI released the fixtures of the second leg of IPL 7, the Board and Rajasthan Cricket Association were at loggerheads with the RCA claiming that it was not consulted before allotting Rajasthan Royals' home games to Ahmedabad.
While the RCA said it was not kept in the loop as far awarding RR's four home matches was concerned, the BCCI responded by saying that the Jaipur-based franchise was happy with the decision.
"The Rajasthan Royals have indicated to the BCCI that they are happy to play their four home matches of the India leg of the 2014 season, at Ahmedabad, to avoid any uncertainty to their home matches," BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel said in a statement.
"KXIP and CSK will be playing some of their home matches outside Mohali and Chennai respectively, due to the non-availability of their home venue, for a large portion of May 2014," he added.
Earlier in the day, the RCA had written to Interim BCCI President for IPL, Sunil Gavaskar, questioning the Governing Councils decision to shift the matches without their permission and demanded return of hosting rights of RRs home games.
"Sir, we are surprised how governing council of IPL has shifted our home matches to Ahmedabad without even asking us. We shall suffer losses for the perpetration made as well as people of Rajasthan shall loose their right to see the home team perform in front of them," RCA Officiating Secretary K K Sharma said in the letter.
"We would request you to kindly reschedule the itinerary and give us the due home matches as
earlier," he said.
The BCCI then said it had worked with various stakeholders before arriving at a final decision.
"Hosting IPL involves elaborate planning on several fronts, logistics included. It is critical that there is surety on the availability of the match venues, for a tournament of this magnitude. The BCCI has worked with various franchises and stakeholders to get confirmations to host matches in the cities," the Cricket Board's release said.
"IPL will continue to look at as many venues as possible to play the tournament in forthcoming seasons," BCCI added.
The IPL organisers yesterday announced the schedule of the Indian leg of the domestic T20 league, starting May 2 in Ranchi.
A total of 10 cities - Ranchi, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Cuttack, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai and Mohali - will host the remaining 40 matches of IPL 7 after the first phase in United Arab Emirates.
Sharma said they had already sought permission from the state government to host the matches.
"Sir, Rajasthan Royals is a Jaipur-based franchise and their entire home matches have always been played at Jaipur. We have done all the necessary preparation to conduct these matches and sought permission from Govt. Of Rajasthan for the same.
"The Govt. Of Rajasthan has no objection for conduction of these matches in May, 2014 as (general) elections are to be held on 17th and 24th April, 2014," he stated.