Rajasthan Royals likely to return to Sawai Mansingh Stadium

Returning to the Indian Premier League after a two-year suspension, the Rajasthan Royals is likely to play its home fixtures at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

Rajasthanan Royals’ venue woes may finally end soon. The Indian Premier League franchise, which returns to business after a two-year suspension, could well play its home fixtures at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

The iconic stadium in the capital city of Rajasthan was the Royals’ home base from 2008 to 2013, but with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) suspending the Rajasthan Cricket Association, the Royals opted out of Jaipur in 2014 and shifted base to Ahmedabad.

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However, there is a strong possibility of the Royals returning to its old fortress this time around. On Thursday, top officials of Rajasthan Royals – Ranjit Barthakur and Rajiv Khanna – and officials of IMG visited the Sawai Mansingh Stadium to take stock of things.

The Royals bosses also met Rajasthan sports minister Gajendra Singh Khimsar. "The minister welcomed us back to Jaipur. We would also want it that way, now it's up to the BCCI to decide," a very well-placed team source told Sportstar

The specialties of Royals returning to Jaipur were rife after BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary visited Jaipur on Monday to meet Rajasthan sports secretary J. C. Mohanty.

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A final decision, however, would  be based on whether the BCCI drops its suspension on the RCA during its SGM on December 11 and if the warring RCA officials drop all cases from the Rajasthan High Court.

"As of now, things appear bright," is how an RCA official reacted to the development. A clearer picture is expected by next week.