Since Jadeja is part of the Indian ODI team playing its first game against South Africa on March 12 — the finale of the Ranji Trophy which is set to take place at Rajkot on Monday — he will not be selected to play the final.
As per the report, The request is made from Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) to BCCI to avail India allrounder Jadeja services. However, Sourav Ganguly, the president of the BCCI, refused him permission to play citing country first” policy.
“I spoke to him [Ganguly] and was told that the board can’t allow Jadeja to play Ranji as the country comes first,” Jaydev Shah has revealed.
“If BCCI wants people to watch their premier domestic cricket then no international game should be held during Ranji final, henceforth. It’s my suggestion. Will BCCI keep an international match during IPL? No, because it gives money. Ranji Trophy can only be popularised if star players play at least in the finals. Don’t keep any international cricket during finals, have a proper window,” Shah said further.
“I would have loved to see him (Jadeja) play the Ranji Trophy final for us, why only Jadeja, I would have loved to see Mohammad Shami (for Bengal) also,” he added.
In the last eight years, Saurashtra will play their fourth Ranji Trophy finals and star all-rounder Jadeja’s chances of winning the title would have improved his home side. Wriddhiman Saha and Cheteshwar Pujara who are famously known as test specialists will be two international stars to show up for the match.
Shah ruled the South African series timing, it would have been a joy to have big stars lined up for the final of the Ranji Trophy.