Wasim Jaffer represented Vidarbha for free as a part of goodwill agreement
He amassed 595 runs playing all the matches at a brilliant average of 54.09 during the season.
Updated - Jan 8, 2018 6:07 pm
The former Mumbai legendary player Wasim Jaffer played for Vidarbha without any match fee during the recently concluded Ranji Trophy. Moreover, the campaign was historic for them as claimed the title for the first time ever in the history of the tournament. They were also led well by Faiz Fazal who scored loads of runs at the top while opening the innings. However, this gesture from the experienced Jaffer is surely winning the hearts of the cricket fans and has earned more respect from them.
The veteran himself had a great season while playing Vidarbha at first drop. He amassed 595 runs playing all the matches at a brilliant average of 54.09. He had moved to Vidarbha from Mumbai last year itself but was ruled out due to the injury. The board, however, stayed committed and paid him his dues despite missing the whole tournament. Jaffer too returned the favour this year and offered them to play for free this season. Though the goodwill agreement has done wonders for the team’s fortunes.
Jaffer himself justifies the move
Hindustan Times confirmed the news of Wasim Jaffer playing the domestic season for Vidarbha for free. He was overwhelmed by the commitment shown by the management and was determined to give it back. “I had a contract with them last season where I was to be paid in three instalments – October, January and March. They wanted me to play a big part in their Ranji Trophy campaign. It didn’t happen due to injury but they never hesitated to pay me,” he was quoted as saying.
“In October I was unavailable due to injury so they didn’t pay, which was fair. But in January, I was fit to play but they didn’t use my services [for limited-overs tournaments] but they respected my contract and paid me the full amount. I wanted to return the favour and called them [to say] I would play for free this season. It worked out well for both sides,” the 39-year-old added. The youngsters of the team were hugely benefitted due to Jaffer’s presence in the dressing room which reflected in their heroic campaign.