Lalit Modi might be facing a life ban from the Indian cricket board but he continues to make his moves in Indian cricket as the president of Rajasthan Cricket Association. A T20 league called Rajasthan Premier League (RPL), which is likely to feature not just domestic cricketers from the state but also recently-retired international superstars of the game, is in the works. This could very well set off alarm bells in the BCCI’s corridors of power. Though the RPL is not a unique venture considering other states like Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have also floated their own local T20 leagues, it is likely to be the biggest drawcard if it plays host to the megastars of the sport, even those who have been the glittering lights of the IPL in the years gone by. Not to forget the man behind the league, who’s renowned for his penchant for razzmattaz and an innate ability to swing lucrative deals. While they are yet to approach BCCI for a No Objection Certificate, RCA has been firming up their plans for the tournament. It is understood that RCA has been in talks with Ten Sports to broadcast its league – the deal will be finalised in coming few days.
However, a top BCCI official has stated that even though Modi happens to be persona non grata for several in the BCCI it’s unlikely they will be able to stop the RPL. “They can host the league as it’s a domestic tournament and anyway they are hosting their own inter-district and other tournaments,” an official said. Associations from Karnataka and Maharashtra have been running local T20 leagues for a while now, with official sanction from the BCCI.
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