A day after the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) was ousted from the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) annual fixtures list, the repurcussions for the state side are beginning to kick in on Sunday.
The first casualty — match referees from the state of Rajasthan. Having been suspended, the RCA didn’t nominate their quota of five match referees (each state association gets to nominate as many) for the match referee seminar on August 30 that will be held in Bangalore.
“As per the rule, each state has to send the names to the BCCI. The RCA, however, didn’t send any names so they will be not allowed to officiate in the upcoming season,” said a BCCI official. “We will have nearly two weeks of seminars for match referees and the board has allotted 25 members in groups of five. As RCA are suspended, they will not allowed to take part in any of BCCI activities.”
The BCCI made its decision clear by excluding the state association from their annual fixtures book. The handbook, mailed to all state associations, covers Under-16, Under-19, Under-23, Ranji Trophy and women’s cricket fixtures but doesn’t include Rajasthan.
While the match referees from Rajasthan will feel the pinch, the BCCI official claimed that other officials from the state, such as umpires and video analysts, need to worry — as they are on the board’s pay-roll.
“We have an umpire’s committee that nominates officials for the domestic season. They directly come under the board’s banner. So even if an umpire hails from Rajasthan, he need not to worry about the suspension to his board. The BCCI will allow them them to participate,” the source added.