Author: Abhishek Rajan
The IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals are reportedly thinking about changing their base. The Royals are currently based in Jaipur, which is the capital city of Rajasthan. However, they are not happy with the services that have been provided to them in the city over the years.
Eight franchises which take part in the IPL don’t have their own stadiums at this point in time. They play their games in the stadiums, which are owned by the cricket associations of the states they are based in.
Since the Royals are based in Jaipur, their home games take place at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, which is owned by Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA).
The Royals have decided to organize a couple of their home games in Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Assam in the upcoming IPL and they have got the permission from the IPL governing council to do so, but it hasn’t gone well with RCA, which has taken the matter to court.
“The state machinery catering to law and order, the former officers of the RCA itself and political bigwigs in the state, they’ve all collectively given Rajasthan Royals nothing but trouble over the years.” Times of India quoted an official from the Rajasthan Royals.
“Plain harassment, that’s what we’ve suffered. Look at the stadium. It’s in such a bad state.” The official went on to add further.
None of the franchises has ever shifted their base in the history of the IPL. There have been instances of franchises changing names and changing ownership, but the bases of all the franchises have remained the same.
The teams have opted to play their homes games outside their base to widen their fan-base and to allow the people of smaller towns to experience the IPL action live from the stadium, but no franchise has ever come out complaining about “harassment” in the city they are based.
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