“The End of an Era: Sourav Ganguly’s Emotional Appeal to Wriddhiman Saha”

Jayanta Dey, joint secretary of the Tripura Cricket Association, stated on Monday that former India captain Sourav Ganguly had requested that veteran wicketkeeper Saha play “one last match” for his native state of Bengal before he departed. It was here that the 39-year-old met Ganguly, having left Tripura in 2022 following a falling out with some authorities from the Cricket Association of Bengal.
 
Ganguly is in favor of Saha retiring for Bengal and participating in one final game. I was informed of this by Saha. However, Dey told PTI, “he hasn’t yet asked Tripura for a NOC (no objection certificate). “We have recently given the NOC to Sudip Chatterjee, who is set for a Bengal return, but Saha has not asked for it as of now,” he said.
 
Even though the teams’ player drafts are already complete, it is unclear if Saha will play for the Siliguri Strikers in the Bengal Pro T20 franchise competition, which kicks off on June 11. Their encounter takes place two years after Saha defied the Ganguly-led BCCI by not being selected for India’s home Test series against Sri Lanka.
 
He had disclosed that he and head coach Rahul Dravid had discussed his future and that he should “think about retirement” in confidential meetings that took place in the dressing room.
 
He added that Ganguly had promised him a “spot” in the team. Following another controversy, Saha decided not to play for Bengal because senior official Debabrata Das had questioned him about his commitments.
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Saha even left the Bengal team’s WhatsApp group and joined Tripura instead. Saha resisted attempts to persuade him to rejoin the Bengal team by the then-CAB president, Avishek Dalmiya.

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