Bengal Ranji Trophy team. (Photo: Twitter/@Wriddhipops)
Bengal Ranji Trophy team. (Photo: Twitter/@Wriddhipops)

BCCI refused to allow the Bengal team from taking part in the Namibia T20 competition since it’s a T20 tournament featuring teams from other countries. Bengal will need to replan their pre-season schedule as their tour of Namibia for a T20 competition in Windhoek next month has not been approved by the BCCI.

It was learned that BCCI conveyed its decision to the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) back on Friday. BCCI refused to allow the Bengal team from taking part since it’s a T20 tournament featuring teams from other countries (including Lahore Qalandars of Pakistan).

BCCI headquarters in Mumbai | Getty
BCCI headquarters in Mumbai | Getty

BCCI Refused To Allow Bengal Team To Participate In Global T20 Namibia Since It’s A T20 Tournament

Indian cricketers are not allowed to take part in overseas T20 leagues in order to maintain the IPL’s exclusivity. Although no one in the CAB said anything on record regarding this matter, the BCCI’s refusal to give its approval for Global T20 Namibia doesn’t seem to have gone down too well with the state association.

“Because it’s a T20 competition with teams from other countries participating, and will be held in a league format, the Board didn’t give the go-ahead.  The CAB was told that had it been a 50-overs-aside tournament, participation would’ve been approved then,” a CAB source said.

Abhimanyu Easwaran
Abhimanyu Easwaran

The CAB had even announced a 16-member Bengal squad for the tournament last month and was getting ready with the other formalities well in advance. Bengal had named a 16-man team for the tournament.

Abhimanyu Easwaran would have been at the helm, and a number of other regulars – Shahbaz Ahmed, Ishan Porel, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep, Writtick Chatterjee, among others – were included, with some fresh faces too.

Sudip Chatterjee Too Will Be Quitting Bengal To Move To Tripura

After former India wicketkeeper-batter Wriddhiman Saha, Sudip Chatterjee, too, will be quitting Bengal and moving over to Tripura.

“Sudip is signing the contract tomorrow (Monday) as a professional player,” Tripura Cricket Association joint secretary Kishore Das said.

Sudip Chatterjee, struggling with his form over the last few seasons, didn’t wish to reveal much on his move.

“I do have a few reasons, but I’ll elaborate later,” the top-order batter stated.

Sudip Chatterjee
Sudip Chatterjee. (Photo Source: PTI)


Sudip Chatterjee, who has featured in 145 games for Bengal across formats, wasn’t given a longer rope in Arun Lal’s regime, and he last played for Bengal in February in a Ranji Trophy fixture against Baroda. In two innings, Sudip Chatterjee scored 29 runs and was not considered for the remaining matches for Bengal.

Maybe within a few days, Sudeep Chatterjee will take the clearance from CAB (Cricket Association Of Bengal). When the news of his leaving Bengal came out, Bengal’s new coach Laxmi Ratan Shukla came down to convince him, but that didn’t work either.