Rajasthan Cricket: ‘Unfair treatment of players and support staff’ | Jaipur News – Times of India

Jaipur: All is not well in the country Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). Sources said that the players and support staff are realizing the hard work put in by the state association. While Ashok Menaria and Ravi Bishnoi have opted to move out of Rajasthan to represent Haryana and Gujarat respectively for the upcoming domestic season 2023-24, head coach Vineet Saxena has moved to Tripura. If sources are to be believed, there are some other players who are trying to move out of the state.
What’s going on in the State Union? Outside influence and political pressure have been cited as the main reasons behind prominent players not playing for Rajasthan.
Speaking to the publication, a source said, “Last year before a Ranji match, an email was sent to head coach Saxena informing that he has been sacked. Another coach was brought in because he was close to someone in power. In the last game, Saxena was asked to rejoin, but the new coach also stayed and the team ended up with two head coaches. People holding positions in RCA exerted tremendous pressure to include their relatives in the team at the expense of deserving people.
Vineet knows his job as a coach. Some people in the system pressured him to include his relatives and when he refused to bow to their wishes, he was sacked without formalities.
It was former Rajasthan player Promod Yadav who was appointed as the head coach for the last two Ranji Trophy 2022-23 games.
RCA vice-president Shakti Singh Rathore has come out in support of the players saying that ‘they have been treated unfairly’.
“Vineet has served Rajasthan in over 100 first-class matches. What happened to him was not right. He did not deserve such treatment,” Rathod said.
“For the selection of the Central Zone team for the Duleep Trophy this year, the chief selector from each state joins the panel. But instead of chief selector Vilas Joshi, it was senior selection committee member Anil Sinha who was sent by RCA,” shared another source.
Mahendra Sharma, former secretary of the Udaipur District Cricket Association and RCA, agreed with Rathod. “What is going on is not right. RCA needs to address this issue as it sends the wrong message. What happened in Vineet’s case was wrong, I condemn it. I have heard that more players are trying to move out and that should not happen,” said Sharma.
RPL date likely to be fixed on Saturday:
RCA is planning to launch Rajasthan Premier League (RPL) in August. Various committees have been formed to start the league and regular meetings are being held. A source said, “It is likely that the date of RPL will be decided by Saturday.” In a meeting, it was also decided to remove Colvin Shield from the calendar. The tournament has served as the selection criteria for the domestic season.