The veteran Indian wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha has shared the reasons behind deciding not to play for Bengal ever again in his career. Earlier, the seasoned campaigner backed out of the Ranji Trophy due to some “personal reasons”. Thereafter, it was learned that the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), reportedly, questioned his intent and integrity.
The Siliguri-born Wriddhiman Saha said that he was “hurt” by CAB’s approach, after which he decided to look for playing opportunities in other states. However, the 37-year-old said that the team he will play for hasn’t been finalized for the time being.
During a recent chat with Sports Today, Wriddhiman Saha said, “Before the IPL, an incident happened and then and there, I decided not to play for Bengal anymore. Having played so long for Bengal, if someone hurled nasty comments at you, it hurts. I was hurt, personally, and that’s why I decided to change my state. I have talked to a number of states, but nothing is finalized as of now.”
Wriddhiman Saha was picked to play for the Ranji Trophy knockouts, but he decided not to take part in the tournament. It was also learned that he asked the CAB to give him a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to play for other teams.
Meanwhile, Wriddhiman Saha mentioned that he doesn’t expect to make a comeback to the national setup after losing his place on the team previously. Earlier this year, Saha was dropped for India’s home series against Sri Lanka along with Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.
Elaborating the same, Wriddhiman Saha said, “I don’t think I will be picked because the coach and chief selector have already clarified on it. And if they had to take me, they would have given me a chance on the tour of England after I performed well in the IPL. For now, I’m only focussed on playing cricket until I enjoy playing the game.”
Back in May, Wriddhiman Saha played some crucial knocks for the Gujarat Titans (GT), who became the champions in their maiden appearance in the Indian Premier League (IPL).