IPL payment for Lalu Yadav's son without playing a single match

Tejashwi Yadav who plays for IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils has a highest score of 19 runs in first class cricket which includes only two one-day games and four Twenty20 matches AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: Mar 29, 2012

The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils franchise includes son of former Railway minister and RJD chief Lalu Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav who surprisingly has played only one Ranji Trophy game for Jharkhand against Vidarbha in the Plate Division.

Tejashwi scored a meagre 19 in the second innings his highest score in first class cricket which includes only two one-day games and four Twenty20 matches. Moreover he hasn t featured in domestic cricket since 2010.

The Delhi franchise however defended the decision to include son of the RJD chief in their team by saying it is their prerogative to hand out contracts to players and decide whom to retain.

Tejashwi enjoys a hefty salary between Rs 30-40 lakh over the past four seasons by virtue of just being a part of the team, and not playing a single match.

According to a report in Indian Express, the 22-year old has rarely been part of the Daredevils touring squad. Tejashwi joined the team camp four days after it commenced on Wednesday.

When asked about it, Tejashwi was quoted by Indian Express as saying, “There was an important family function I had to attend and that is why I couldn t report for the camp earlier.”

The youngster said it was frustrating to be on the bench most of the time without getting an opportunity to play.

He said, “It has been frustrating for me. Others have played but I am still waiting for my opportunity. But as much as I want to play, it s also about the right team combination and there are so many other good all-rounders. It has been nice to be in the company of so many international players and it s good to share the dressing room with them.”

Apart from Tejashwi, there are others like Jaydev Shah, son of Board of Control for Cricket in India s (BCCI) former secretary Niranjan Shah who has been part of three different franchises – Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians and Deccan Chargers but without a game.