Thatscricket - News - Jadeja dismisses hopes of making a comeback

Published: Sunday, March 4, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai: Banned Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja has dismissed hopes of making it back to the national squad.Talking to UNI in Mumbai while on his way to Jamnagar from Delhi, Jadeja said he saw slim chances of his playing again for the country following the five-year ban.Also, he criticised the off-field speculative comments by the media on the private life of players. "The criticism by writers and columnists of young cricketers, linking their on-field performance to their private life, is not fair," he said.He defended captain Saurav Ganguly on reports linking his poor performance to the latter's alleged intimacy to south Indian actress Nagma."Saurav's friendship with Nagma should not be attached to his captaincy and such write-ups do put mental tension on a player's performance," he said.Jadeja said it was not fair on the part of former cricketers to criticise the current players, particularly when the latter are under constant threat of being dropped from the team by the selectors following even a solitary bad performance."Why are there five changes in our current Test team when we performed well against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe last year. Is there any logic of trying with Rahul Sanghvi as spinner when (Sunil) Joshi had performed well with both the bat and the ball in the last Test series," he questioned.Jadeja is currently working with a project to help the earthquake victims of Gujarat. His petition against his involvement in the match-fixing scandal will come up for a verdict on March 29. "Only after that, I will decide on my future course of action," he said.Criticising the selectors for juggling with young cricketers without giving them a fair chance to prove their worth, Jadeja said such short-term attitude would not help Indian cricket."It is the team spirit and overall quality that makes Australia a distinguished identity among others and enables them perform well, repeatedly. "We can never achieve that if we have a partial and short-sided approach," he added. UNI

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