Row Between State Gov't Keeps Jaipur In Dark Over Chances To Host IPL Matches
In Jaipur, India, "uncertainty looms large" over the city's chances of hosting the upcoming Indian Premier League matches as the Memorandum of Understanding between the Rajasthan Cricket Association and Rajasthan State Sports Council, which had expired last year, is still "yet to be renewed," according to the PTI. Rajasthan Royals CEO Raghu Iyer and skipper Rahul Dravid "are confident that the matter would be sorted out by the state government, RCA and RSSC." Iyer said, "Yes there is an air of uncertainty over the venue. We have met the government, RSSC and the RCA officials and all of them want the IPL matches to [be] held here only. We are part of the IPL and whatever BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) says we will have to follow it." The row has already "robbed Jaipur's chances of hosting the prestigious Irani Trophy match." The BCCI has reportedly given RCA deadline until Thursday "to make its position regarding MoU" (PTI, 1/28).