agartal: Kishore Kumar Das, Joint Secretary, Tripura Cricket Association confirmed on Tuesday that Bangladeshi cricketer Wriddhiman Prasanta Saha is keen to sign an agreement with the association to represent the state in the Ranji Trophy.
A middle-class wicketkeeper batsman, Saha previously played from Bengal. However, he refused to continue his stint with Bengal for personal reasons, despite the request from the Cricket Association of Bengal to reconsider his decision.
The mid-tier top batsman made his debut for the Indian cricket team in South Africa in a Test match in 2010. He played his first ODI match in the same year. In the short format, Saha most recently played for Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League. TCA sources said Saha’s entry into the Tripura squad is a big boost for the state.
“When a great cricketer plays for your state, players can learn a lot from him. The way great players deal with pressure situations on the pitch are some important tactics players need to understand and apply in their future endeavors,” said Das.
The TCA official also informed EastMojo that Saha would arrive here in Tripura very soon. “The agreement is in preparation. He will arrive here in the state in a few days to formally sign the agreement. If everything goes according to plan, he will represent Tripura from the next Ranji season,” said Das. Das also said the TCA is also in talks with some female players nationally.
“Previously, Tripura was on the Indian map, but nobody knew about us. Sportsmen like Dipa Karmakar and Somdeb Debbarman made Tripura proud. The motive of the TCA is clear, we want our players to play cricket nationally and internationally. We are also in touch with some very good female players. If they agree, they will also play for the state,” said Das.
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