New Delhi: Former Test cricketer Ajay Jadeja made a sensational claim on Monday, claiming Indian players were being ill-treated by foreign staff of the beleaguered Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, currently on in South Africa.
Jadeja hinted that a member of the KKR foreign coaching staff used racial overtones while speaking with an Indian player during the tournament. "You don't need blogger (to know this)," he said in an apparent reference to the 'FakeIPLplayer' blogsite.
"I can assure you that there is definitely a divide and Indian players are (being) treated very badly." Jadeja told an English news channel in a programme.
KNIGHTMARE: The Knight Riders celebrate after dismissing Gautam Gambhir of Delhi Daredevils on May 10.
"I am an Indian player. I know so many players in the team (Kolkata Knight Riders Team). One player was asked to come off the field and when he came off the field he asked "Why did you want me to come off the field? One of the coaches in KKR says 'You Indian, you do what I ask you to do'," he said.
Jadeja insisted his claims were true, saying he had the information “from horse’s mouth” and that the team was a divided house.
"So there is definitely a divide. I know it from the source himself. So the players are not feeling comfortable. There is divide between Indian and foreign player and there is a divide between thought process. I mean Sourav Ganguly has a different thought process and you can see that. So this team is divided. There is no doubt about it," he added.
The KKR team is 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. The one match they won was where they triumphed via Duckworth-Lewis method.
There is also a tell-all blog on team's activities, although the authenticity of the blog is still in doubt.