Kedar Jadhav will now have to resign himself to the fate of playing for Bangalore Royal Challengers after latter refused to release him to play for Delhi Daredevils
Suhrid Barua, Pune Mirror, April 9, 2009
The Kedar Jadhav script is close to being crystal clear. After the ‘high’ of being offered a rookie contract by Bangalore Royal Challengers, the fate of the dashing Maharashtra top-order batsman hung in the balance as the ‘problem of plenty’ confronted him — the youngster landed a contract with the Delhi Daredevils’ main team which rocked his boat in more ways than once.
It was then that things started to unfold the way Kedar probably wouldn’t have ‘desired’. The Bangalore Royal Challengers refused to release Kedar so that he could play for Delhi Daredevils. Mind you, a rookie contract implies that Kedar would be part of the BRC team with ‘little’ chance of getting a look-in in the playing eleven.
To be fair to Kedar, any cricketer would have acted the way he has — opt for a main team contract rather than settle for a ‘rookie’ contract. It’s just that the ‘timing’ which has complicated matters.
To be fair to Kedar, any cricketer in his shoes would have acted the way he has — opt for a main team contract rather than settle for a rookie contract. It’s just that the timing which has complicated matters.
Interestingly, Kedar signed a ‘consent letter’ on the spot at Bangalore and also received a code of letter recently. “Kedar will be with Bangalore Royal Challengers this season. His contract is arriving in a few days time,” a MCA official said.
Interestingly, Kedar has been named in the 13-man squad for the MCA Open Invitational Super League beginning on Saturday.
“Since Kedar has got a ‘rookie’ contract and is not in the BRC’s main squad of players, who have left for South Africa, it makes sense to include him for the Super League matches for Maharashtra Blue. Kedar has been told by Bangalore Royal Challengers to be in readiness along with other players who missed the South Africa bus, so that they could be in shipshape if summoned for the 2nd IPL,” the MCA official added.
Kedar, on his part, is looking at the brighter side of things. “I don’t want to comment on not being able to play for Delhi Daredevils. I’m just looking
ahead to enjoy my stint with B a n g a l o r e Royal Challengers.
“My job is to keep w o r k i n g hard and that’s what I’m going to do,” he said with a tenor of maturity.