The only hope all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja had of participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL) evaporated on Sunday when the Indian cricket board (BCCI) President Shashank Manohar turned down his pardon plea.
On February 13, Jadeja was banned for not adhering to the IPL guidelines when he failed to signing a renewal contract with the Rajasthan Royals and attempted, instead, to negotiate a larger financial contract with some of the other IPL franchises.
It was only Manohar who could have overturned the suspension. And Jadeja’s case was presented to Manohar by Niranjan Shah, the IPL vice-president who also heads Jadeja’s home state body, the Saurashtra Cricket Association. The Hindustan Times learnt that Shah tried his best to convince Manohar and his colleagues in the IPL Governing Council but to no avail.
“The President didn’t want to set a wrong precedent, so he dismissed the request. So there is no way Jadeja can feature in IPL-3 now,” said a source.
Gayle leads Windies to crucial victory
Providence, Guyana: Chris Gayle and Narsingh Deonarine hit half-centuries as West Indies beat Zimbabwe by four wickets in the second one-day international.
Zimbabwe failed to successfully defend a target score of 207 on Saturday, as Gayle collected the top score of 88 from 111 balls and Deonarine supported with 65 from 85 balls.
The result brought West Indies level 1-1 in the five-match series, after Zimbabwe won the opener on Thursday at the same venue.
Elton Chigumbura had struck five fours in 50 from 72 balls, as Zimbabwe were dismissed for 206 in 49.5 overs after they decided to bat.
The Zimbabweans batting was dismantled by left-arm spinner Nikita Miller with a career-best spell of four wickets for 43 runs from 10 overs, and fast bowler Kemar Roach with three for 37 from 9.
West Indies: 208 for 6 (Gayle 88, Deonarine not out 65, Price 2/31, Lamb 1/23, Cremer 2/44, Taylor 1/6) beat Zimbabwe 206: (Taylor 47, Chigumbura 50, Roach 3/37, Gayle 1/25, Miller 4/43)
Undaunted Nannes leaves for IPL stint
Australian pacer Dirk Nannes left to join his Delhi Daredevils teammates for this year’s Indian Premier League, saying he feels safe in India despite the security fears raised in the past few weeks. “I have always felt pretty good in India. Security can be a bit of perception.
“If you feel safe, then you probably are safe. But the reality may be completely different,” Nannes was quoted as saying by The Herald Sun.