The Indian left-arm spinner, Pragyan Ojha, is likely to get a clearance from the Cricket Association of Bengal on Tuesday (August 29). Ojha had been named in Bengal’s Ranji Trophy probable squad despite the spinner already expressing his choice of representing his native state Hyderabad in the upcoming domestic season. He had already conveyed the message to the authorities but despite that, CAB selectors named him in the preliminary squad.
However, the matter is likely to be sought out tomorrow as the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) asked BCCI to intervene in the matter and finally, CAB authorities have now decided to solve the issue.
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Ojha shifted his base from Hyderabad to Bengal on the advice of Sourav Ganguly before the start of 2015/16 season as Hyderabad play in Group C whereas Bengal is one of the elite teams. Though there were reports of him not adjusting to the team, He even had a confrontation with Ashok Dinda, who called him an outsider. All this was enough for Ojha to come back to his native state. A delay in the procedure has already seen him missing from the ongoing Moin-ud-Dowlah Cup.
In absence of Ojha, HCA named Ambati Rayudu as the skipper of the side. Rayudu is making a comeback for the side for which he last played in 2009-10 season. He went onto represent Baroda and Vidarbha in the following seasons before making a comeback to his native state, for which he made his first-class debut at the age of 16.
HCA has also roped in J Arunkumar as the Head Coach of the side for the upcoming season. He has replaced the now bowling coach of Indian Cricket team Bharat Arun. The latter joined the team last year only but an India call-up meant that he had to leave the team for least next two years, the duration of his coaching assignment with the national squad.
The upcoming Ranji Trophy season starts on October 6.
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