Senior wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha on Saturday received a NOC from the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) whereby he will now play for Tripura as the mentor-cum-captain from next season. Earlier Saha sought a NOC from the Bengal Cricket Association to play for another state in domestic cricket after some tussle between him & CAB.
CAB Joint Secretary Debarata Das had questioned Saha’s commitment to the Bengal team which didn’t go well with the swashbuckling wicket-keeper batter. He felt disappointed as after playing for the State for so many years & delivering his best performance his commitment to the team was questioned.
“Mr. Wriddhiman Saha came to CAB and in an application to President Avishek Dalmiya sought the NOC from the association. CAB gave concurrence to the request of Mr. Saha and provided the NOC to him for playing for another state. CAB also wished him the very best for his future endeavors,” the CAB said in a statement.
After the controversy, Saha was in talks with other boards to find out whether he can play for any one of them including the Gujarat & Baroda Cricket Associations, but both the associations denied it. However, Tripura in the end managed to secure his services.
Wriddhiman Saha’s glorious first-class career speaks a volume
Saha has proved his prowess in first-class cricket after playing 122 matches & scoring 6423 runs at an excellent average of almost 42. The right-handed batter had smashed 38 half-centuries & 12 centuries with his highest score being 203*.
He had been an integral part of India’s Test Squad where he played 40 Test matches amassing 1353 runs at an average of 29.41 with six half-centuries and three hundred. He also had a scintillating season in the recently ended IPL 2022 where he opened the innings for Gujarat Titans & had a fair contribution in GT’s maiden title triumph.