Updated May 28th, 2024 at 12:40 IST

'Retire for Bengal': Sourav Ganguly urges Wriddhiman Saha to play a farewell match for Bengal

Sourav Ganguly implores Wriddhiman Saha to participate in a farewell match for Bengal, highlighting the sentimental value of concluding his career in his state.

Reported by: Aryan Suraj Chadha
Sourav Ganguly and Wriddhiman Saha | Image:BCCI
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Sourav Ganguly, a celebrated figure from Bengal, is undeniably one of Indian cricket's most impactful icons. His leadership and batting prowess rejuvenated Indian cricket, leaving an indelible mark. Ganguly's fearless approach and astute captaincy were instrumental in shaping India's cricketing ethos, solidifying his legacy as an irreplaceable contributor to the sport.

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Sourav Ganguly wants Wriddhiman Saha to play a farewell match for Bengal

Sourav Ganguly, former India captain, has reportedly urged veteran cricketer Wriddhiman Saha to consider playing "one final match" for Bengal before retiring. This suggestion was communicated by Jayanta Dey, Tripura Cricket Association's joint secretary. Saha, who had a falling out with certain Cricket Association of Bengal officials in 2022, had joined Tripura. He recently met Ganguly.

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"Ganguly wants Saha to retire for Bengal, playing at least one last match. Saha told me this. But he's yet to ask for an NOC (no objection certificate) from Tripura," Dey told PTI.

"We have recently given NOC to Sudip Chatterjee who is set for a Bengal return, but Saha has not asked for it as of now," he added.

It remains to be seen if Saha may turn up for Siliguri Strikers in the Bengal Pro T20 franchise league beginning on June 11, even as the players draft for the teams are over.

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Their meeting comes two years after Saha had hit out against the Ganguly-led BCCI after he was not picked for the India home Test series against Sri Lanka.

He had revealed private dressing room conversations between him and head coach Rahul Dravid regarding his future that he should "think about retirement". He had further claimed that Ganguly had assured him a "spot" in the team.

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Saha then chose not to play for Bengal as a senior official Debabrata Das had raised questions about his commitments leading to another fallout.

Saha even quit Bengal team's WhatsApp group and went on to join Tripura. The then CAB president Avishek Dalmiya tried to purusade Saha back into Bengal fold but he remained adamant.

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(With PTI inputs)

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Published May 28th, 2024 at 12:40 IST