18 September, 2020

The Stand-In Batsmen

Even as the noose tightens around him, the Save Jadeja campaign is gaining momentum

The Stand-In Batsmen
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Ajay Jadeja has pulled out all stops to get off with a rap on the knuckles from the bcci's disciplinary committee when it pronounces its judgement early next week on the five tainted cricketers. A three-year or even a year's ban, he knows, will effectively bring his cricketing career to an abrupt end.
There are many batting for him in his moment of reckoning. Defence minister George Fernandes' one-on-one meeting with sports minister Uma Bharati at South Block on November 30 was essentially called to convey to her that Jadeja was being "victimised" unnecessarily. Samata party chief Jaya Jetley's single-minded crusade—beseeching all those who matter to let off a person some see is her prospective son-in-law lightly—too has had its reverberations in the cricketing establishment. Sports officials also mention how former sports minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa was talked to before he bowed out.
"Nobody has been spared. The Save Jadeja Campaign is at a feverish pitch," says a cbi official. In fact, moves were made almost three months back when the cbi was winding up its...
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