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Ranji Trophy Knockouts: Wriddhiman Saha drops FRESH BOMBSHELL, seeks NOC to quit Bengal Cricket team

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Ranji Trophy Knockouts: Wriddhiman Saha NOC – There is a new chapter in the Wriddhiman Saha saga and it’s not concerning his tussle with a famous journalist. Instead, the veteran cricketer has sought a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to quit the team. It came a day after he was named in the squad for Ranji Trophy knockouts. Follow Ranji Trophy 2022 & IPL 2022 Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

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On Monday, CAB named the side for the upcoming Ranji Trophy quarterfinals against Jharkhand on June 6. However, as per reports, Wriddhiman Saha is livid with CAB for not standing by him after he was shown the door from the National team.

Ranji Trophy Knockouts: Wriddhiman Saha drops FRESH BOMBSHELL, seeks NOC to quit Bengal Cricket team

Ranji Trophy Knockouts: Wriddhiman Saha drops FRESH BOMBSHELL, seeks NOC to quit Bengal Cricket team

According to sources close to Saha, the 37-year-old was not consulted before naming him in the squad. He had pulled out of the Ranji league stage citing “personal reasons”,

After learning of the development, an annoyed Saha spoke to CAB president Avishek Dalmiya, seeking NOC to leave Bengal.

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“He is not interested in playing for Bengal anymore and sought for an NOC. He is very annoyed with one CAB office-bearer. Joint secretary Debabrata Das has apparently questioned his commitment. He wants a public apology,” the source told PTI.

Ranji Trophy Knockouts: Wriddhiman Saha drops FRESH BOMBSHELL, seeks NOC to quit Bengal Cricket team

Ranji Trophy Knockouts: Wriddhiman Saha drops FRESH BOMBSHELL, seeks NOC to quit Bengal Cricket team

It is understood that a section of the current dispensation is unlikely to mollycoddle him if the discarded India stumper refuses to play for the state team.

The CAB remained mum on the issue and president Dalmiya issued a statement late in the evening, saying:

“Any discussion that happens between a player and an organisation is strictly between that player and the organisation. I would like to completely refrain from making any comments at this stage.”

Ranji Trophy Knockouts: Wriddhiman Saha drops FRESH BOMBSHELL, seeks NOC to quit Bengal Cricket team

Wriddhiman Saha in IPL 2022:

  • Saha has been in sublime form in the IPL 2022.
  • He has scored 281 runs from eight matches with a strike rate of 123.24.
  • Since taking up the opening spot from Matthew Wade, Saha has played a key role for IPL debutants Gujarat Titans in their qualification to the playoffs.
  • Incidentally, Gujarat Titans who have confirmed the top spot will play in the Qualifier 1 at the Eden Gardens, Saha’s home ground.

Ranji Trophy Knockouts: Wriddhiman Saha drops FRESH BOMBSHELL, seeks NOC to quit Bengal Cricket team

Ranji Trophy Knockouts: Wriddhiman Saha drops FRESH BOMBSHELL, seeks NOC to quit Bengal Cricket team

It all began a few months ago when he was dropped from the Test squad for a two-match series against Sri Lanka at home. After that Saha revealed that head coach Rahul Dravid had asked him to consider “retirement” as he won’t be further considered for selection.

“The team management had told me that I would not be considered henceforth. I could not tell this so long as I was part of the India team setup. Even coach Rahul Dravid suggested that I think about taking retirement,” Saha had told mediapersons then.

It was then that the CAB joint-secretary Debabrata Das allegedly questioned his commitment to playing for Bengal in the Ranji Group stage. Saha felt humiliated and sought “clarity on what the CAB has done about the issue”.

“He felt humiliated and shocked by the issue after playing cricket for Bengal for 15-16 years,” the source added.

Having made his Ranji debut for Bengal against Hyderabad on November 4, 2007, Saha has played 122 first-class and 102 List A matches.

Ranji Trophy Knockouts: Wriddhiman Saha drops FRESH BOMBSHELL, seeks NOC to quit Bengal Cricket team

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