High court clears deck for IPL matches in Jaipur

A High Court order which has asked Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) and the State Government to sign an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Sawai Man Singh Stadium has raised the hopes that Jaipur might host Rajasthan Royals' home matches in upcoming IPL VI.

The deadlock between the RCA and the Rajasthan State Sports Council (RSCC) over the MOU regarding the use of the Sawai Man Singh had compelled the BCCI to prepare Ahmedabad and Rajkot as the alternative venues for the home matches of Rajasthan Royals.

The MOU between the RCA and the RSSC has expired in July last and the latter was reluctant to renew it owing to violations by RCA and its denials to clear the dues which amounted to crores.

The RCA had built pressure by refusing to bow to the demands of RSSC and the State Government, sidelining the RSSC, had then constituted a three member committee headed by Chief Secretary which had asked the RCA to deposit portion of dues.

The State Government had also written to BCCI directly but it almost sure that the Rajasthan Royals would play at Ahmedabad and Rajkot.

A public writ petition by Vinod Singhal had demanded that the Government and the RCA sign an MOU to pave the way for holding the IPL-6 matches.

After hearing in the High Court Justice Vinod Kumar Jain and Veena V. ordered the RCA and State Government to sign a MOU within three days and gave the deadline of 11th February. The order also said that there would be no role of RSSC and the RCA would hand over post dated cheque of Rs. 20,00,000 per match.

BCCI to decide

An RCA official said that the order has paved the way for the IPL-6 matches.

"With the High Court's directive we'll get the matches organised in Jaipur only. The BCCI will inform us further about what matches are to be shifted here," said RCA acting secretary KK Sharma.

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