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Friday, September 23, 2005

Now, it's Rajasthan

Maharashtra seems to have started some kind of fashion, when it hired a foreign coach, shopped for players from other states, and generally gave the impression it was serious about its team, and about domestic cricket.
Now Rajasthan's getting into the act, with the rehabilitated Ajay Jadeja installed as captain-cum-coach and Bobby Simpson, no less, on board as advisor to the side.
If state sides are actually getting serious about their cricket, it's prolly the best thing that could happen, at absolutely the best time.


  • Prem,
    RCA has some good plans. ALL assoc should try to follow. AJedaja is still good. I'll have him in ODI, he is a good batsman at 5/6 position. Any thoughts on AJ?

    By Blogger Rajg, at 19:01  

  • Um... good player, really good reader of the game, very shrewd... and way too much of a trouble-maker, as if we don't have enough of that stuff already.
    Oh, by the way -- no one absolved him of match-fixing, remember? :-)

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 19:10  

  • Rajg,
    Progressive moves such as installing Bobby Simplson as cricket advisor are exactly what's required in Indian cricket. Bringing back Ajay Jadeja to bat at number 5 or 6, positions currently occupied by Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is about as regressive as you can get. While many of us wish for a changing of the guard with some more youth provided a deserved opportunity to blossom in place of nonperforming senior(s), bringing one back that is linked to the most shameful period of Indian cricket would be disastrous, regardless of innocence or guilt. You think there is a great deal of furore amongst the Indian media and public in this latest Chappell/Ganguly saga, try selecting an alleged, yet exonerated, match-fixer and every single non-performance would be greeted with ridiculous hues and cries questioning the legality of the match.
    On a side note, Prem, I am sightly surprised by the Simpson hiring considering it must cost a pretty penny. Are the state organizations given appropriate funding by the BCCI to allow such worthwhile spending, or has the Rajasthan Cricket Association raised the funds elsewhere and bitten the bullet?

    By Blogger Sahir, at 19:23  

  • State associations get some funding --on heads like ground maintenance, shares of television and other revenues, etc -- but it is not anywhere near enough to hire foreign coaches and the like.
    But then, I expect that with someone like Lalit at the head, money is not that big of an issue.
    Besides, Bobby is only on as advisor, not coach -- which I suspect means he will be an off and on presence, not quite as expensive as if he were full time.
    Oh and by the way, Sahir, Jadeja has not been exonerated in any court that I know of. He did not fight the case of match fixing -- what he took to court was the question of whether the BCCI had the right to stop him from working. Different thing altogether - because in such a case, the CBI was not required to give evidene against him, nor was his possible involvement in match fixing the issue.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 19:36  

  • Prem
    Thanks for ansering my quewry and clearing up my misconception regarding the Jadeja case.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 19:41  

  • sheesh, answering and query above

    By Blogger Sahir, at 19:42  

  • Prem..do you have any idea if Kapil Dev was involved in match-fixing ?

    By Blogger ClannZĂș, at 20:05  

  • prem
    one of my regrest is ajay jadeja taking the rout he took. he was an excellent cricketer and would have been a good captain. great fielder and good batsman though didnot do much in tests

    By Blogger tombaan, at 20:37  

  • who are we to decide whether aj had a hand in match fixing or not, that the courts haven't decided means he is available to the indian team and what's wrong with taking him into the side because odi stats state that that he has a better average than all of the younger crop (Sehwag included) aj around 36 and sehwag - 35. if sa can bring back herschelle gibbs, a person who was announced guilty by court why can't we do it?

    By Blogger Ruchi Shah, at 23:24  

  • ruchi shah,
    You essentially claim Ajay Jadeja is a better one-day batsman than Sehwag simply because his average is slightly better??? In one-day cricket the strike rate is of essence. Jadeja's is a meagre 69.76 compared to Sehwag's 95.81. Frankly, based on statistics, that is a no brainer in favor of Sehwag.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 01:22  

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