Pragyan Ojha Dropped From Bengal Squad For First Two Ranji Trophy Games
Pragyan Ojha has not been named in the Bengal Ranji Trophy squad for the first two games of the season. The left arm spinner wanted to switch his base back to his native state Hyderabad, but the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) denied his request.
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Ojha put a request to CAB ahead of the start of the season. After getting no response, it was Hyderabad Crocket Association (HCA) that wrote to BCCI regarding Ojha’s release. Sourav Ganguly, CAB’s President, then came out in the open and confirmed that the board would do not release Ojha.
From then, Ojha had no contact with the state association, which also resulted in him being dropped from the pre-season practice games of Bengal. The matter has gone worse now with selectors opting to leave out the experienced player.
Meanwhile, Manoj Tiwary has been retained as the captain of the side. Sudip Chatterjee, the India A player, has been handed vice-captain for the season. The side also includes Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha. Though he will leave the squad after few games as India is scheduled to play home Test series against Sri Lanka, followed by three-Test match series against South Africa in South Africa.
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Anustup Majumdar, who played his last first-class game for Railways in 2015, has made a comeback for Bengal in the first-class format as well. Ashok Dinda, a veteran of 98 first-class games, is also in the team.
Bengal will open its Ranji Trophy campaign against Services in Delhi, on October 6.
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