A day after being ‘criticized’ by Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) chief Avishek Dalmiya, Wriddhiman Saha has made an exit from the Whatsapp group created for the Bengal Ranji Squad which effectively shows the difference in his relationship with the state association has reached. It all began when India head coach Rahul Dravid suggested Saha quit his Test career. The coach had told him that the selectors are looking forward to grooming Rishabh Pant and not the 37-year-old for the future.
Following this chat, Wriddhman Saha had dismissed any possibility of him featuring in the Bengal squad which had angered one of its officials Debabrata Das who had slammed the cricketer.
As per the quotes in the Sangbad Pratidin on February 22, Wriddhiman Saha said, “Tell me, why should Wriddhi [Saha] not play in the Ranji Trophy for Bengal?. He is not in the Indian team, why should he not play for Bengal? Then we have to assume that he feels no responsibility towards Bengal. In the past, too, there have been many occasions when he has refused to play for Bengal. When we have spoken to him, he has given all sorts of excuses and skipped games. Sometimes it’s body ache, sometimes he has a pain in his leg.”
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Even on Thursday Avishek Dalmiya had said: “The Cricket Association of Bengal wanted Wriddhiman Saha to play for Bengal at this crucial juncture especially when Bengal would be fighting in the Knockout stage in a bid to win the Ranji Trophy after becoming the top-ranked team in the country at the end of the Group Stage.”
It seems, Wriddhiman Saha didn’t take it lightly and decided to exit the group after being ‘hurt’. The CAB secretary had clarified that his statements were not said to personally hurt him but to no avail. Saha’s wife Romi, said ‘he was hurt’ by these statements.
As of now, the matter has escalated to the level that CAB is planning to issue a NOC (No Objection Certificate) to Wriddhiman Saha so that he can pursue his career elsewhere.
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As per the reports of Indian Express, CAB informed, “What to do? If he is that stubborn, we have to give him. But nobody should try to arm-twist the state association, as it is bigger than any individual.”