Jaipur:A unique situation brought about by the factionalism in the Rajasthan cricket association has led to barring of its cricketers from participating in the domestic cricket season.
The RCA has split into two groups and each of who select a different team to represent the state.
Recently the under-19 girls teams returned from Indore without playing a match at the Ranji 20-20 in Mumbai. When two teams showed up from Rajasthan, the organizers were in a dilemma. Therefore, both were barred from playing.
But the under-19 boys will play the prestigious Venu Mankad trophy on Friday. And for this too, two teams have been raised by the adamant factions of the RCA.
A 19-year-old Ashok Menaria, who has played Ranji for Rajasthan and has also captained the under-19 India squad, says he has got his hopes set on playing for the country one day but the factionalism in the RCA could ruin his career.
"If two teams turn up to play then the biggest loss is of the cricketers, because they are not allowed to play, and if we don't play how do you judge our performance for the year?"
Players have a fair idea as to how much domestic cricket is important for them to get an entry into under-19 World Cup 2010.
"To play the Under-19 World Cup next year, we have to perform now, so domestic cricket is very important", says Arif mohammad, an under-19 bowler.
While, Rajiv Rathore, former Ranji captain of Rajasthan, suggests, "A board observer should be called, two selectors from each faction can get together and make a common team so cricketers don't suffer."
Earlier, this factionalism had cost Rajasthan the chance of hosting two one-day international matches. Ever since high profile IPL commissioner Lalit Modi lost the RCA elections, the cricket body in Rajasthan has split into two and the sport of cricket is turning out to be the biggest loser.