In a major blow to Lalit Modi’s chances of getting power back in India’s cricketing circles, his son Ruchir lost the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) election to CP Joshi on Friday, reported Times Now. The election took place on Monday as per the new guidelines released by the Lodha committee and the counting of votes began on Friday at the RCA Academy located inside the Sawai Maan Singh Stadium, Jaipur. It was an interesting contest between the 22-year-old Ruchir Modi and 66-year-old Congress leader CP Joshi which was ultimately won by the latter.
Lalit Modi had decided to field his son after new rule imposed by Lodha panel that denied any existing members from contesting in next election. Back then, Vimal Soni, a senior member of Rajasthan Cricket Association made it clear that no special treatment will be given to Ruchir. While speaking to ANI, Soni had said, “Ruchir, because he is Lalit Modi’s son, is not the president of RCA. Has to go through the process.”
The 22-year-old Ruchir quietly made his entry into Rajasthan’s cricketing circle last year when he was appointed as the president of Alwar district. However, he doesn’t have any previous associations with cricket. His father Lalit Modi, who was previously the commissioner of IPL and also served as the vice-president of BCCI between 2005-10 has been a controversial figure. IPL franchise Kochi Tuskers accused him of harassing them which led to Modi’s downfall and he was suspended from BCCI on the grounds of indiscipline and financial irregularities. CP Joshi’s win could mark a new beginning for Rajasthan cricket that has suffered much since winning the Ranji Trophy twice in 2010/11 and 2011/12.