Frustrated at being overlooked, pacer Ashok Dinda threatens to leave Bengal
Ignored by the Indian national selectors for the upcoming tour of New Zealand, Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda feels his state association is not backing him.
Peeved at the state cricket association's "step-motherly" attitude towards him, Bengal pacer Ashok Dinda has said he was mulling to switch allegiance if his home state does not support him.
Venting his ire, Dinda said, "All of us play with the ultimate aim of representing the country with the back up of our home state. But it's sad when your home state does not vouch for your name even after a good performance."
The outburst came after he was ignored by the national selectors, who picked Varun Aaron and uncapped Ishwar Pandey ahead of him for the upcoming tour of New Zealand.
"I feel very sad to say I'm not getting any support from my state. If it goes on like this, I've to ultimately think of playing for some other state," Dinda told PTI.
"It's quite frustrating when your performance is overlooked, yet somebody else is picked out of nowhere. I'm not blaming the selectors, but it's my association which did not back me," he said referring to the selection of Aaron who has 20 wickets from six matches.
Dinda, with 29 wickets from seven matches this season, was instrumental in Bengal's qualification to the Ranji quarters in a dramatic way as his 10-wicket match haul helped them thrash Uttar Pradesh before their win against Tamil Nadu.
Dinda, however, returned wicket-less in Bengal's match against Tamil Nadu.
Reacting strongly, CAB joint secretary Sujan Mitra said, "Dinda's identity is Bengal. If he chooses to move away, then it would be a big mistake by him. Everybody knows how much we've done for him."
Mitra further claimed that Dinda had gone to Pune Warriors India with a pay cut from what the pacer was getting from Kolkata Knight Riders. Bengal are pitted against the Railways in the Ranji Trophy quarters at Eden Gardens from January 8-12.
Bengal bolstered by return of Wriddhiman Saha
Bengal will be bolstered by the return of regular wicketkeeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha in their grudge Ranji quarterfinal.
"He (Saha) is available for the quarters," Bengal skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla said on the sidelines of the team's practice today.
A frontline batsman in absence of Manoj Tiwary, Saha, who was with the India's tour to South Africa, missed Bengal's last three group league matches.
Other two key players of Bengal, Manoj Tiwary and Mohammad Shami, are however unlikely to be available in the knock-out fixture.
Tiwary who is recovering from a knee surgery will have to pass a fitness test at the NCA on January 6 in Bangalore as Bengal might not take 'risk' of bringing in a player without match practice for a crucial quarter-final tie.
The stylish Bengal batsman was seen doing some light training with his teammates and had a knocking session as well.
Shami is also virtually ruled out as the India pacer is scheduled to leave for New Zealand along with his teammates a day after BCCI's awards ceremony in Mumbai on January 11.
CAB joint secretary Subir Ganguly said that they would request BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel to allow Shami play the crucial knock-out match for Bengal.
"We would speak to Mr Patel but it needs to be seen whether Zaheer Khan, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are allowed to play for their respective states. If they are allowed, there is no reason, why Shami won't be allowed," Ganguly told PTI.