India and Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja may have to miss this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) for violating the Code of Conduct.
According to well-placed sources, the IPL has suspended the Saurashtra cricketer for this season – as he was bargaining for more salary from various franchisees, without getting a clearance from the Royals for this season. Jadeja can now appeal against this decision.
Sources said that when the Royals signed up Jadeja for the inaugural season, he was an under-19 recruit and was inducted into the team through the ‘draft system’ for which he was paid the stipulated Rs 20 lakh. In the second season, when the franchise got the opportunity to sign Jadeja for two years, he was reluctant to sign on the dotted line and only agreed to play for the Royals for a year.
After his contract with the Shane Warne-led team ended on December 31, 2009, Jadeja started looking for a better bargain. Rules say that he can talk to other teams only if Royals – who have the first right to refusal – agree to let him go.
Sources added that Royals discussed the issue with the IPL commissioner Lalit Modi and it was decided to suspend Jadeja. “We strictly adhere to the Code of Conduct and if any cricketer is violating it then we won’t tolerate it,” a BCCI official said.
Jadeja could not be contacted. Sources said that if Jadeja wishes to appeal, he will have to take an appointment with Modi in this regard. “Then, if the governing council decides to consider his case, he could be pardoned.”