The Saurashtra Cricket Association had sought approval from the BCCI to feed Jadeja in the Ranji Trophy final.
P. Ranji final between Bengal and Saurashtra from 9 March; Team India will play ODI against South Africa on March 12
Dainik BhaskarMar 06, 2020, 07:57 AM IST Sports Desk. Ravindra Jadeja will not be able to play in the Ranji Trophy final against West Bengal starting March 9. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly turned down the Saurashtra Cricket Association's (SCA) demand to feed Jadeja. Ganguly told the SCA president that the country is first, so Jadeja cannot be allowed to play Ranji final. Actually, Team India has to play the first ODI against South Africa on 12 March. During this time the Ranji final will be going on. West Bengal reached the Ranji Trophy final after 13 years. Saurashtra made it to the finals for the second consecutive time.
The country was the first to speak to English newspaper 'Indian Express', SCA President Jaydev Shah said – I had asked Ganguly to allow Jadeja to play Ranji final. However, the BCCI follows a 'country first' policy. Therefore, the BCCI president did not allow Jadeja to play in the Ranji final. According to Shah, international matches should not take place when the Ranji Trophy final is going on. Shah said, "If the BCCI wants more and more viewers to watch domestic matches, then it should not hold international matches during the Ranji final. Does the board conduct international cricket matches during IPL? At least star players can play Ranji final? ” Shah has also been the captain of Saurashtra.
Pujara and Saha can play Cheteshwar Pujara Saurashtra and Wriddhiman Saha are expected to play the Ranji final for Bengal. The problem with Jadeja is that he is included in Team India and he has to go in the first ODI against South Africa on 12 March. This is why the BCCI has refused to release this Indian all-rounder. However, Shah disagrees. "It would have been better if Ravindra would have played Ranji final for Saurashtra," he says. And why only that? I also want Mohammed Shami to be a part of the Bengal team in the final. ”
Rajkot will be the final, Saurashtra defeated Gujarat by 91 runs in the semi-finals to make it to the finals. At the same time, Bengal sealed the final ticket by defeating a strong team like Karnataka by 174 runs. Saurashtra will play the final at their home ground Rajkot. Captain Jaydev Unadkat is happy that Pujara will play the final. He said, “I am in constant touch with Chintu (Pujara). He was then playing a Test series in New Zealand. Our top order has not scored much. So, Pujara's return will be very special. "