Jadeja takes a dig at Team India

Published: Wednesday, November 17, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Ajay Jadeja has criticised Indian team members for not coming out in support of skipper Sourav Ganguly who has been banned for two Test matches by ICC for slow over rate.

"It is sad that nobody has supported Ganguly. In 50 years no other captain has done so much for his boys," Jadeja said here at a press conference held late in the evening yesterday to announce the staging of the inaugural Legends Cup golf tournament.

"Sourav always stands by his teammates whenever required but nobody has come forward for him. It is not surprising, in fact, it is sad," said the Delhi Ranji captain.

Ganguly was banned for slow over rate during the India- Pakistan match to mark BCCI's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations at Kolkata last week.

Former cricket greats Kapil Dev and Zaheer Abbas of Pakistan, who were also present, said they felt the punishment was harsh.

"From a cricketer's point of view, this punishment is really harsh. But every game has its rules and players have to follow that," Kapil said.

Abbas said, "it is sad for cricket but it has to happen because there are rules and regulations for every game. It applies to every game. Sourav must have been warned by Clive Lloyd during the game. He (Lloyd) is a responsible man and must have taken allthe factors into consideration," he added.

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