Ex-India skipper Jadeja to attend Wai Wai EPL final

Kathmandu, September 20

Former Indian cricket captain, film actor and television commentator Ajay Jadeja is all set to attend the final match of the Wai Wai Everest Premier League cricket here at the TU Stadium next month.

Jadeja will be the special guest in the final match of the league scheduled for October 3, informed Zohra Sports Management Managing Director Aamir Akhtar at a press meet today. Zohra Sports Management is organising the Everest Premier League  at the Tribhuvan University Stadium in Kirtipur from September 24 to October 3.

“The former Indian captain will arrive in Nepal on October 1 and is scheduled to grace the final match of the Wai Wai Everest Premier League,” said Akhtar. Jadeja will also play a round of golf at the Gokarna Forest Resort apart from having an interaction session on October 2. “He is a golf enthusiast and he will spend around three hours at Gokarna Forest Resort,” said Akhtar.

“I am in good terms with Jadeja since my college days at University of Delhi and he was ready to be our special guest for the final when I contacted him to share the initiation of the Everest Premier League ,” said Akhtar, who had invited another Indian cricketer VVS Laxman during the Journey to World Cup tournament in 2014. “I hope

Jadeja played 15 Test matches and 196 One Day Internationals for India between 1992-2000. Jadeja, along with Mohammed Azharuddin, holds the record for the highest ODI partnership for the fourth wicket — an unbroken 275 against Sri Lanka in 1997. The Wai Wai EPL features six franchise teams and will be played under Twenty20 format. Top two teams after the round robin league will advance to the final. Akhtar also informed that each of the 84 players will have insurance of Rs 500,000 from Shikhar Insurance. “This is another achievement for us as we were able to convince Shikhar Insurance for the players’ insurance as there was no such policy in our country,” added Akhtar, former national cricket team member.

Apart from the insurance coverage during the tournament, the players will also get heavy match fees. The players have been divided into five categories and they will get Rs 8,000 to Rs 20,000 per game as match fees. “We are distributing around Rs 5.6 million to the players alone,” said Akhtar.