“It is disappointing that people make such comments and question your integrity,”Wriddhiman Saha opens up about his reason behind not playing for Bengal

The seasoned wicket keeper was enraged by remarks made by a senior CAB official, who questioned Saha’s dedication after he skipped the Ranji Trophy group stage owing to personal matters.

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Wriddhiman Saha, the wicketkeeper-batter, confirmed officially that he will not be playing for Bengal in the latest edition despite being named in the lineup for the knockout rounds. He claimed he is already in talks with numerous associations but hasn’t determined his destiny yet. The Bengal Cricket Association tried everything it could to persuade Saha to reconsider his decision, but president Avishek Dalmiya and head coach Arun Lal were unsuccessful.

The seasoned wicket keeper was enraged by remarks made by a senior CAB official, who questioned Saha’s dedication after he skipped the Ranji Trophy group stage owing to personal matters.

“For me, too, it is a very sad feeling that I have to go through something like this after playing for Bengal for so long. It is disappointing that people make such comments and question your integrity. As a player, I had never faced such a thing in the past, but now that it has happened, even I need to (move on),” Saha stated.

“Since I had made up my mind that I won’t play for Bengal, I had informed the Cricket Association of Bengal president Avishek Dalmiya over phone. But I will meet him in person and finalise the formalities,” Saha said to Sportstar, implying that he will shortly file for a No-Objection Certificate (NOC).

Saha has previously notified the state organisation that he would not be available for the Ranji Trophy knockout rounds, which begin on June 6. Shortly after the CAB announced the Bengal squad for the Ranji matches, Saha had one lengthy talk with Dalmiya, during which he intimated that he could no longer perform for Bengal.

Saha has played for numerous franchises throughout the course of his career, including Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings, and Punjab Kings, but with Gujarat Titans, he was capable of expressing himself and perform with an inquisitive attitude. This enabled him to score 317 runs in 11 matches and aid towards the side’s title triumph.

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