'Youngsters prefer T20s to four-day games'

Written by: Aprameya .C
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014, 15:13 [IST]
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Q: Do you think the present day youngsters prefer Twenty20 to four-day matches?

Jaffer: Even when they play Ranji Trophy, their aim is to get into any IPL team. To be honest I won't blame them. There is so much money they can make in IPL without probably working hard even half of (four-day cricket) and earning that much money.

A couple of good innings, bowling spells (in IPL) will get more recognition than what you do in a whole season in Ranji Trophy. Generally you don't blame them for focusing on IPL. Cricket has become like that. You have seen Rahul Sharma for instance or Manpreet Gony, Mohit Sharma and others. They came into recognition because of IPL.

'Youngsters prefer T20s to 4-day games'

Q: Is it the right approach?

Jaffer: I won't say it is the right approach but that is how it has gone through. They haven't done that. The selectors are looking at those (IPL) performances as well. If Ranji Trophy season is important then Robin Bist should have been playing or been consistently in scheme of things.

But because he did not play IPL and score there he was not seen anywhere post-Ranji showing. There are so many instances. If you have a decent Ranji Trophy season and back it up with IPL you get selected. Mohit Sharma did the same.

Q: Any unfulfilled dreams or regrets?

Jaffer: It will be very difficult for any cricketer to say there are no regrets. He always wants to score a hundred. But it doesn't happen. I would have loved to play for India more but at the end of the day you get what is written in your fate. I believe in that. You got to accept that. Everybody works hard.

Q: It is coaching for you after retirement?

Jaffer: I haven't thought about it. Coaching is one of the options. I work for IOL (Indian Oil Corporation). I can get involved in coaching. When I stop playing I will think about it.


Story first published:  Thursday, January 2, 2014, 15:06 [IST]
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