Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Foreigners mistreating KKR Indians: Jadeja
Former India player Ajay Jadeja said on Monday that he had definite proof of Indian players being ill-treated by the foreign support staff in the Kolkata Knight Riders camp. The former Test cricketer, who is also NDTV s cricket expert, loathed the extent of the divide in the Knight Riders team. Speaking of an isolated incident, Jadeja revealed how an Indian player was asked to come off while fielding and when asked why he was called back, one of the assistant coaches said, "You bloody Indian, you do as you're told. "The alleged incident happened about 15 days ago and the team s owner Shah Rukh Khan intervened and resolved the issue. Since then, the coach and the player involved have had a "clear the air talk". The player and coach involved are said to be Ajit Agarkar and Andy Bichel, respectively. Bichel is the bowling coach of KKR. The team has refused to comment any further on the issue. While it was an isolated Indian, it reflects the mood in the camp, where there is very clearly a divide. Jadeja claimed he had the information from the horse's mouth and that the team was not more than a divided house. However, he insisted it was not a case of racial discrimination, but there was a divide in the camp along nationalities. The KKR team has been dealing with controversies way before the start of the tournament when their coach John Buchanan proposed the multiple-captain theory. They have lost eight of their 10 matches so far. There is also a tell-all blog on the team's activities, adding insult to injuries, although the authenticity of the blog is still in doubt.