Pankaj Singh is the captain of Rajasthan side © Getty images
Pankaj Singh is the captain of Rajasthan side © Getty images

As the battle between Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) continues, Pankaj Singh, the skipper of the side, speaks about the uncertain future of the players from the side. Speaking to Indian Express, Pankaj said, “We’ve all been hearing these past few weeks that the situation will be sorted out. This will happen and that will happen, but till date we have not received any concrete news. There is a dilemma as well as insecurity among players on the future of cricket in the state. The last two years have been the worst for players.”

BCCI suspended RCA after former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi was elected as the President of the association. Since then the fate of the players of the state has been unresolved. Earlier, 75 cricketers from the state filed a petition in the Rajasthan High Court, asking the court to take part to ensure the safety of the future of the players. Since then, Modi was shown the door after a no-confidence motion was passed against him. However, RCA remains suspended.

Sources in BCCI said, “Last year, the court gave an interim order to run RCA cricketing activities so that the team can take part in various BCCI tournaments. The order was for one year only which leaves us helpless now. The players will have to move court again.”

Amin Pathan, who was the brain behind Modi’s ouster, said, “We met the BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, Rajeev Shukla and Anirudh Chaudhary in Delhi few weeks ago. They have assured us that BCCI will look into this matter as soon as possible. Till date we have not heard anything from them. We have requested BCCI that players’ future should not be at stake in these court cases. The women’s tournament will start after two weeks and we’ve had no trials, no matches. The situation anyway is getting bad day by day.”

Many Rajasthan players have moved out of the state in order. For example, Robin Bist moved to Himachal. Pankaj Singh said, “We all know what is happening at the ground level. Players are worried about their future. A cricketer’s career is very short and in those few years, a player is at his peak for only 3 to 4 years. We all know that the situation is not good and it will worsen but as a player we all are hoping that these (court cases) get over soon.” Singh added.

Bimal Soni, who has been an administrator almost for 30 years, said, “We had asked BCCI to appoint an ad-hoc committee which will look after RCA’s cricketing affairs, not only for state teams but for district matches too. There are no cricketing activities happening. Both groups don’t want cricketers to suffer. The matter is still in court and we are just getting dates. I don’t see any reason why BCCI can’t run RCA again as its parent body.”