This is the first time the Royals will not be playing all their home games in Jaipur
The Rajasthan Royals have been forced to move all of their home games from Jaipur to Gujarat for the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to an ongoing dispute between the Rajasthan Cricket Association and the state sports council.
The IPL governing council announced the decision after no resolution was made between the two parties and according to reports, the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur has remained unavailable to the Rajasthan Cricket Association for nearly a year.
The governing council also confirmed that the Royals will play four games at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium in Ahmedabad and the same number at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot.
The Royals have used Jaipur as their home base since the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008.
However, the home advantage factor might well not matter anymore since the curators of numerous grounds in the country and a handful of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials held a meeting in which they discussed the pitch conditions for the IPL.
“Clear instructions have been handed out to the curators, that they should prepare sporting wickets and should not listen to any requests from the franchises,” a member of a state association was quoted as saying by PTI. “The franchise owners have also been apprised that they should not put any type of pressure on the curators to prepare wickets of their choice.”