Indian Premier League 2010 March 7, 2010

Appeal on Ravindra Jadeja's ban rejected

Ravindra Jadeja's hopes of featuring in the IPL have vanished after a last-minute appeal was rejected by the league's Governing Council. At the outset of the meeting, held in Mumbai to discuss the tender process for the two new franchises, Niranjan Shah, the IPL vice-chairman, appealed to the BCCI president Shashank Manohar to remove the one-year ban imposed on Jadeja. But Manohar reportedly declined the plea and Jadeja will have to sit out the current season.

Lalit Modi, the IPL chairman, had indicated a few days ago that the Jadeja matter was beyond him and Manohar had the discretion to take the final decision. "He [Manohar] did not want to set a wrong precedent, so he dismissed the request. So Jadeja now cannot play in the IPL (this year)" an IPL official said. According to the IPL, the allrounder was being punished for violating the IPL's terms and conditions, trying to negotiate outside his contract with Rajasthan Royals.

Incidentally, Jadeja had pleaded his innocence saying that he had sought prior approval from the BCCI, before deciding to negotiate with other franchises. In his letter to the BCCI, reportedly written two weeks before Saturday's ban, Jadeja said his contract with Rajasthan had expired on December 31, 2009 and that they did not give him any indications they were going to renew his contract.

Shah, who also is the president of the Saurashtra Cricket Association, the state that Jadeja represents in domestic cricket, had earlier written to the BCCI, requesting a reduction in the ban to a few games. He checked again with the Governing Council on Sunday, but it was rejected.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    jadu we will miss you in the IPL.Your fans are with you.Please come back strongly.Will the BCCI do this to a senior player or a player from a major city? It is disheartening to see that no former player is there to speak on his behalf.

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    jadu we will miss you in the IPL.Your fans are with you.Please come back strongly.Will the BCCI do this to a senior player or a player from a major city? It is disheartening to see that no former player is there to speak on his behalf.

  • Kevin on March 9, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    I totally agree with ancweb. It looks like Rajasthan Royals (RR) didn't want to pay the market price for Jadeja. So they try to storng arm the poor guy for the meager amount paid to the U-19. Well RR can bask in the glory of their 1st IPL title but the team is going down the hill since then. Their 2nd IPL season was complete disaster and now they are heading for another miserable season.

    Kaif was another casualty last year when they try the penny pinching approach and had batting failure.

  • Gaurav on March 9, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    Not fair! IPL will soon need to relax its highly regulated environ and let free market prevail. It is imperative that the current market situation changes from monopolistic to one in which there are other strong contenders for the most sought after league.

  • Venkat on March 9, 2010, 0:27 GMT

    This is totally unfair. Jadeja clearly said that he sent letter to BCCI and never get any response YES or NO then all of sudden suspended him from IPL then allowed him play in indian team. Now BCCI rejected his appeal. This is just to cover mistakes of IPL and BCCI clauses. When he joined with Rajastan Royals he was 19 and and after two yesrs passed and he is still 19. This is mostly happend when you play cricket for districts and states people afte passing 10 years they still say under 19. This is totally wrong on an upcoming player has not committed any mistake.

  • Nishith on March 8, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    This is totally unfair. I don't think BCCI would have done this to any top notch player. All this guy has done is tried to earn his livelihood and in doing so if he broke the law ...then slap him on wrist by some fine....everybody deserves a 2nd chance. These young cricketers need a sports agent to represent them at the negotiations level so they can't be personally held liable and also senior players have to form a players union to take these type of matters seriously.

  • Kevin on March 8, 2010, 18:14 GMT

    IPL/BCCI is behaving like dictatorship. They are using their power to squash smaller players while they are toeing the line for big name international players. By banning Jadeja, a promising and exciting player who has provided big entertainment to the fans in past.

    What is BCCI trying to prove? That they can take livelihood from a player at their whims.

  • clement on March 8, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    it is strange no indian cricketer has taken up the case of jadeja to play ipl 3. i don't think that he has done anything terribly wrong to warrant this punishment.are there not one human being among these cricketers. this is national has obiviously made these cricketers heartless

  • anto on March 8, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    at last the BCCI is taking some proper disciplinary action.

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