Incommunicado Pragyan Ojha Disappointed With Turn Of Events
A few months before the start of the domestic season 2017/18, Pragyan Ojha had already delivered his desire to play for native state Hyderabad in this season. He was to be the second importee for the stateside, after Ambati Rayudu.
While the latter got an NOC easily, Ojha was denied the official paper by Cricket Associaton of Bengal (CAB) and from then, he is yet to establish a contact with the state association.
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His absenteeism has already seen selectors dropping the left-arm spinner from the side for the first two Ranji games. There have been so many happenings around the corner, but Ojha is yet to comment on the issue. A word or two will clear all the doubts whether he is willing to play the upcoming season for Bengal or not and amidst this, the reports have suggested that the cricketer is upset with the turn of events in past few days,
“How can CAB deny him an NOC when he made it clear to them that he is not keen on playing for Bengal this season? Much before the start of the season, he had told the CAB officials of his non-availability. What is the guarantee that CAB will release him next year too?” a source told TOI.
“Ojha is maintaining a silence on the issue as he doesn’t want to complicate the matter. Things are already bad for him and he doesn’t want it to get any worse as he will be the loser in the process,” it added.
Ojha had sifted his base to Bengal before the start if 2015/16 season on the advice of Sourav Ganguly and ironically, it is Ganguly who now made it clear that he will not be given an NOC.
Though the last date for state transfer has already gone, still, a player is allowed to switch his base mid-way season, as we saw in the case of Rajat Bhatia in 2015/16, where the veteran domestic player shifted his base from Delhi to Rajasthan, while the Ranji trophy season was on.
If Ojha wants to play the upcoming season, then the left-arm spinner has to come in open and table a meeting with officials or else, a failure in doing so can also see him missing the full season.
It is also to be noted that he went unsold in IPL 2017 auction and domestic cricket is the only way for him to get a buyer for himself in next year’s mega-auction.
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