The chairman of the Cricket Association of Bengal, Avishek Dalmiya, said veteran wicketkeeper batter Wriddhiman Saha has made it official that he is “unwilling” to play for the state team in the upcoming Ranji Trophy knockouts.
This effectively puts an end to Saha’s glorious career with Bengal, where he made his Ranji debut in November 2007, playing 122 first-class and 102 List A matches.
“The Cricket Association of Bengal wanted Wriddhiman Saha to play for Bengal at this crucial moment, especially when Bengal would fight in the knockout stages in a bid to win the Ranji trophy after becoming the top-ranked at the end of the season. team of the country had become the group stage,” CAB chairman Avishek Dalmiya said in a statement.
“I had mentioned this to Wriddhiman and asked him to reconsider his decision. However, Wriddhiman has now informed us that he is not willing to play the Ranji Knockouts.”
The 37-year-old, who has played 122 first-class matches, has also left their official team’s WhatsApp group, making it clear that he has moved on.
A CAB official said Saha has not yet applied for a Declaration of No Objection (NOC), but the association would give it to him as soon as he asks.
“We tried our best to convince him, even through his youth coach (Jayanta Bhowmick), but he has decided not to play for Bengal anymore. The federation will give him NOC if and when he asks,” said the official. told PTI.
Saha had first withdrawn from the Ranji Trophy group stage for ‘personal reasons’ after being banned from the Indian test team for the two-match home game against Sri Lanka in February.
CAB assistant secretary Debabrata Das then made unsavory statements to Saha in the media, questioning his commitment to infuriate the veteran wicketkeeper batter.
After his superb form in the ongoing IPL for his franchise Gujarat Titans, Saha was chosen for Ranji’s quarterfinals, further irritating him as “he was not consulted before being selected”.
Saha reportedly sought an apology from Debabrata Das, but after it was not forthcoming, he made it clear that he will no longer play for Bengal.
”There are many things in between. But now we are clear that he is not playing so we can prepare for the big game accordingly,” the official said.
Bengal will play the quarterfinals of the Ranji Trophy against Jharkhand in Bangalore from June 6.