Ravindra Jadeja, the India international, will miss the IPL 2010 season after being caught out of contract with the deadline for the final squad lists passing on Friday. Jadeja played for the Rajasthan Royals in the first two seasons of the IPL but has not subsequently found a place with any franchise.
Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner, confirmed that Jadeja had been penalised for allegedly trying to negotiate terms with another franchise. "The IPL governing council has arrived at this decision after due deliberations done after taking into account Ravindra Jadeja's representation to the president of the BCCI and a further representation by the Rajasthan Royals," he said in a statement. "The player guidelines laid out by the governing council of the IPL are sacrosanct and all players will need to strictly adhere to the same. We will not tolerate any player playing games or blackmailing any teams or the IPL/BCCI in any manner."
However, IPL sources say he could be allowed back into the IPL if he appeals to the governing council. Though Jadeja's name was removed from the Rajasthan squad list on the official IPL website around 11pm on Friday, he is still listed as a "batting star", along with his picture and vital stats.
When contacted on Friday night, Jadeja said he was unaware of any reason why he should not be in the Rajasthan squad but did not wish to discuss the issue.
Jadeja, 21, is an India international, with 19 ODIs and five Twenty20 games under his belt. He was a key member of the team that won the Under-19 World Cup in Malaysia in 2008, which pitchforked him into the limelight and an IPL contract, worth US$30,000, with Rajasthan. He was one of the key performers in Rajasthan's victorious campaign in the inaugural IPL, leading Shane Warne, the captain and coach, to single him out as a special talent and a "superstar in the making".