Wasim Jaffer played Vidarbha's historic season for free
After Vidarbha's maiden Ranji Trophy title, one of the key components of their historic victory, Wasim Jaffer, admitted that he played throughout the successful Ranji campaign for free. The former Indian opener admitted that he was reciprocating what the Vidarbha Cricket Association did for him last season when they paid him despite the 39-year-old not featuring for them.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Jaffer admitted that he claimed his ninth Ranji Trophy title while not being paid for his services.
“I had a contract with them last season (2016-17) where I was to be paid in three installments -- 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.
“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.”
For his part in Vidarbha's historic triumph over Delhi, he was eventually rewarded Rs. 5 crore in prize money (Rs. 2 crore as BCCI prize money and Rs. 3 crore from VCA). The 39-year-old finished with nearly 600 runs for the side and scored the winning runs as his side made history.
Speaking about his decision to choose Vidarbha, the veteran added that he wanted to guide the youngsters and believes that he made the right decision.
“Vidarbha have a vision to do well. They want their youngsters to do well. Their rise started in 2009 when they set up the residential academy; it showed they wanted to improve their cricket. Three of their players were in the India under-19 team for the Asia Cup.”
The 39-year-old admitted that he has no regrets about his career and the way that his side have played has given him a lot of happiness.
“I am very grateful for whatever God has given me; not bothered about what I didn’t get. I believe in destiny, you get what you deserve. I don’t have any regrets, the respect I get wherever I go is highly satisfying. I am the highest run-getter in four premier domestic tournaments – Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Irani Cup and Vijay Hazare – I can’t ask for more.," he added.