Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)
Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)

Wriddhiman Saha, discarded Team India wicketkeeper who also had a fallout with Cricket Association of Bengal, is in talks with Tripura for a potential player-cum-mentor role, an official said.

According to an official, discarded Team India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is in negotiations with Tripura for a possible player-cum-mentor role after a dispute with the Cricket Association of Bengal.

Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha (Credits: BCCI/Twitter)

Wriddhiman Saha Is In Talks With Tripura

The last year and a half have not been easy for Wriddhiman Saha. From being India’s first-choice Test wicketkeeper, he lost his place to the dynamic Rishabh Pant and at the beginning of this year, was informed by the management, he was no longer in the scheme of things as the team wants to look ahead. He was axed for the Sri Lanka Tests and wasn’t picked for the 5th rescheduled Test in England too with KS Bharat being given preference.

“He wants a role of being the player-cum-mentor for Tripura. He has been in talks with some Apex Council members in Tripura but nothing has been finalized yet,” an official said.

“He has to first get a clearance (no-objection-certificate) from the CAB and then the BCCI and then it will be taken forward,” he added.
Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha (Credits: Twitter)
Wriddhiman Saha was not available for comment. The 37-year-old, who played a stellar role in Gujarat Titans’ IPL 2022 triumph in their debut season this year, had pulled out of the Bengal set-up after being rejected in the Indian Test team for Sri Lanka. After missing the first five league matches, he scored 317 runs for GT in 11 matches that included three half-centuries.

Wriddhiman Saha Made It Clear He’s Not Going To Play For Bengal Again

After that, CAB joint-secretary Debabrata Das made some unsavoury remarks about Wriddhiman Saha’s decision in the media, questioning his commitment, something that annoyed the seasoned wicketkeeper-batter. Having made a mark in the IPL, The veteran keeper was named in Bengal’s Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match squad against Jharkhand, but without his consent.
While deposing before the committee, Saha (right) identified Boria Majumdar (left) and alleged that he was “bullied” for an interview.
While deposing before the committee, Saha (right) identified Boria Majumdar (left) and alleged that he was “bullied” for an interview.
The veteran wicketkeeper took strong exception to it and reportedly sought an apology from Debabrata Das. Later, he made it clear he’s not going to play for Bengal again. Having made his debut for Bengal in 2007, Wriddhiman Saha has played 122 first-class matches.
Wriddhiman Saha has been under controversy throughout this year. Before his controversy with CAB, he was involved in a controversy with veteran journalist Boria Majumdar. The keeper had alleged he was threatened by the journalist for an interview. After a subsequent investigation by BCCI Boria Majumdar was banned for 2 years.