The IPL has banned Ravindra Jadeja from participating in the third season of the tournament. The season, which begins from the 12th of March, will see the Rajasthan Royals play without the all-rounder due to what the IPL has described as ‘blackmailing of franchises’
Modi said that he had been penalised for trying to negotiate with the other franchises. He also added that the rules laid down by the IPL governing committee were sacrosanct and the players were expected to stick to them.
There was, however, an outside chance that Jadeja may still play in the tournament if he appealed to the governing council. Jadeja has yet to do so.
Jadeja had a two-year long contract with the Rajasthan Royals for a sum of $50,000 per annum. He had been a part of the World Cup winning, Under-19 team of 2008, where the colts had gone on to beat South Africa in the finals.
Rajasthan Royals had won the first edition of the IPL and Jadeja had played a major part in the same. However, in the next season, they had crashed out of the first round of the tournament, and this time around, they go into the tournament at 7/1 (Totesport).
The two other sides which have under-performed in the two seasons so far, have been the Kings XI Punjab and the Kolkata Knight Riders. Punjab had scraped through the semi-finals in the first edition, but had gone on to lose in the first round of the second. This meant that Yuvraj Singh lost his captaincy and they are at 8/1 (William Hill) to win the tournament.
Kolkata, on the other hand, have finished sixth and eighth in the two seasons, thus capping the worst performance of all in the tournaments. Paddy Power offers 9/1 for them to surprise everyone and win the tournament.