Cricket Association of Bengal says Wriddhiman Saha “not willing to play” Ranji Trophy knockouts


Wriddhiman Saha won’t flip up for Bengal within the Ranji Trophy knockouts on account of unresolved points with the state affiliation. And if these points persist, the 37-year previous has requested for a no-objection certificates to proceed his home profession elsewhere.

It started in February, with a quote from the Cricket Affiliation of Bengal (CAB) joint secretary Debabrata Das, the place he accused Saha of giving “all types of excuses” to “skip” Ranji matches.

Saha’s spouse, Romi, stated he had been damage and had approached CAB secretary Avishek Dalmiya, who assured the wicketkeeper batter that Das had been talking in a private capability and that his feedback had no bearing on how the board noticed one in all its senior gamers.

Nonetheless, given his identify had been dragged into the general public area, Saha wished the difficulty to be addressed earlier than he would play for Bengal once more. Dalmiya agreed and each of them determined that they might look into it after the top of the IPL.

Then, on Could 16, the Bengal squad for the knockouts got here out and Saha was stunned that his identify was in it.

ESPNcricinfo understands that Saha had one other interplay with Dalmiya this week the place he reiterated his stance about Das’ feedback and, in case the dispute couldn’t be resolved, requested CAB for a no-objection certificates.

The rapid upshot of all that is that Saha won’t be a part of the Bengal aspect that may play the Ranji Trophy quarter-final in opposition to Jharkhand beginning June 6.

“The Cricket Affiliation of Bengal wished Wriddhiman Saha to play for Bengal at this important juncture particularly when Bengal can be combating within the Knockout stage in a bid to win the Ranji Trophy after changing into the highest ranked workforce within the nation on the finish of the Group Stage,” Dalmiya was quoted as saying on a CAB press launch on Thursday. “I had expressed this to Wriddhiman and had requested him to rethink his resolution. Nevertheless, Wriddhiman has now communicated to us that he’s not keen to play the Ranji Knockouts.”

Das’ feedback had been in response to Saha’s reluctance to play for Bengal at the beginning of the Ranji Trophy in 2022, when he took depart citing household points. This was additionally across the time he had been dropped from India’s Take a look at aspect.

“Inform me, why ought to Wriddhi [Saha] not play within the Ranji Trophy for Bengal?” he was quoted within the Sangbad Pratidin on February 22. “He isn’t within the Indian workforce, why ought to he not play for Bengal? Then we have now to imagine that he feels no accountability in direction of Bengal.

“Up to now, too, there have been many events when he has refused to play for Bengal. When we have now spoken to him, he has given all types of excuses and skipped video games. Typically it is physique ache, generally he has a ache in his leg.”

Saha is at the moment with the Gujarat Titans who’re scheduled to play the IPL remaining on Could 29. Dalmiya has not but responded to a message despatched by ESPNcricinfo.

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