Ranji Trophy 2022: Bengal signs Shakir Habib as Saha’s replacement for Knockout stage

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Ranji Trophy 2022: Bengal signs Shakir Habib as Saha's replacement for Knockout stage

Wriddhiman Saha’s decision to not play for Bengal in the Ranji Trophy 2022 knockouts, forced the team to include Shakir Habib Gandhi in the squad as Saha’s replacement. According to a report, Saha has decided to not reunite with the Bengal team & has sought for a NOC to leave the Bengal team & continue his domestic career with other teams.

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) named the India wicketkeeper in the state’s Ranji team for the quarterfinal match against Jharkhand on June 6 in Bengaluru. Saha, on the other hand, has stated that he will not participate in the domestic tournament & has also claimed a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Bengal team to represent other states.

According to the reports, Saha’s wife, Romi Mitra, said that a CAB official’s statement hurt the sentiments of the wicketkeeper batter. CAB joint secretary Debabrata Das questioned his dedication to Bengal cricket after the 37-year-old skipped the league stage games. An enraged Saha met with CAB president Avishek Dalmiya, demanding permission to leave the Bengal Squad.

“He no longer wants to play for Bengal and has requested a NOC.” One CAB office-bearer (joint secretary Debabrata Das) has allegedly questioned his commitment to the Bengal team, which enraged Saha to the core. He demands a public apology, according to a source quoted by PTI.

Shakir Habib Gandhi, who has been named as the replacement for Wriddhiman Shah was a member of the Bengal team that won three games in a row in the Ranji Trophy 2022 league stage earlier this year in February and March. The youngster, however, was unable to secure a place in the starting XI for the second phase. The 22-year-old will most likely be a backup to Abishek Porel, who is 19 years old. Shakir had scored 185 runs at an average of 37 in the three league stages which he played for the Bengal team in the first phase of the Ranji Trophy 2022.

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