New Delhi, July 15: Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman and the brain behind the cash-rich league, Lalit Modi, has reportedly decided to organise a domestic league in Rajasthan featuring retired global stars.
As per The Indian Express report, Modi, president of Rajasthan Cricket Association, is planning to start Rajasthan Premier League (RPL) with domestic as well as international cricketers showcasing their cricketing skills.
RPL if started will not be the first of its kind domestic league as Karnataka and Tamil Nadu cricket associations have already floated such leagues in order to provide a platform to domestic talents. RPL, if it came into existence, will also have former IPL stars.
Given Modi's persona and business sense the RPL could leave other domestic leagues behind in terms of lucrative deals. But, it will be interesting to see whether the BCCI, which is against Modi, will provide 'No Objection Certificate' to the RCA.
However, a top BCCI official has stated that even though Modi may be disliked by many in the board, it is highly unlikely that the league could be stopped.
"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 was quoted by The Indian Express, as saying.
Meanwhile, RCA secretary Sumendra Tiwary confirmed that a T20 league is in the pipeline, and said it would give more exposure to the players in the state.
"It's in the planning stage and though nothing has been finalised yet, we will decide soon whether to have a T20 league or not. The talks are on," Tiwary told the newspaper.
Thus, it will be interesting to see how BCCI takes this development and what decision it takes on the future of the proposed league.