‘Country first’: Sourav Ganguly denies Ravindra Jadeja permission to play Ranji final
Written by Devendra Pandey

Published: March 6, 2020 3:05:09 am

Ravindra Jadeja, Ravindra Jadeja 58 vs West Indies, India tour of West Indies 2019, IND vs WI 1st Test 2019, WI vs IND 1st Test Day, cricket news Ravindra Jadeja gained’t play within the final of Ranji Trophy. (AP/ File Photo) 

Ravindra Jadeja gained’t play within the final of Ranji Trophy because the Indian cricket board has cited ‘country first’ coverage whereas turning down the request from Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA). Cheteshwar Pujara will play the final for Saurashtra and Wriddhiman Saha will prove for Bengal however since Jadeja is a part of the Indian ODI group that performs its first recreation towards South Africa on March 12 — Ranji Trophy final begins on March 9 — he gained’t be launched to play the final.

Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI president, was requested by Jaydev Shah, the SCA president, to permit Jadeja to play. “I spoke to him [Ganguly] and was told that the board can’t allow Jadeja to play Ranji as country comes first,” Shah revealed. He prompt that worldwide video games shouldn’t be scheduled in the course of the final of Ranji Trophy, the premier home competitors. He made a reference to the board coverage with IPL to state his case.

“If BCCI wants people to watch their premier domestic cricket then no international game should be held during Ranji final, henceforth. It’s my suggestion. Will BCCI keep an international match during IPL? No, because it gives money. Ranji Trophy can only be popularised if star players play at least in the finals. Don’t keep any international cricket during finals, have a proper window,” the previous Saurashtra captain Shah mentioned.

“I would have loved to see him (Jadeja) play the Ranji Trophy final for us, why only Jadeja, I would have loved to see Mohammad Shami (for Bengal) also.” Shah mentioned. It might be fourth Ranji Trophy final for Saurashtra group within the final eight years and Jadeja’s inclusion, Shah feels, may have been a giant enhance to the aspect. Saurashtra may have Pujara whereas Bengal may have the companies of Saha to seek out a triumph within the premier first-class competitors after a niche of 13 years.

Saurashtra defeated Gujarat by 91 runs within the semi-final at residence and the final can even be held on the similar venue in Rajkot. It might be their first final at residence; final 12 months they misplaced to Vidarbha in Nagpur. Saurashtra captain Jaydev Unadkat is pleased that Pujara will not less than be taking part in within the final.

“I was in constant touch with Chintu (Pujara) when he was in New Zealand. He cares for the team as much as I do. He was on the flight back from New Zealand when we won. The top-order hasn’t been scoring, so having him back will be really good. whenever Cheteshwar is around, our batting unit plays differently. They have that confidence and reliance when he is there,” the captain mentioned.

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