Ashok Dinda slams the Bengal team management ahead of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, in which he will play for his new team, Goa. Dinda, who has been the leading wicket-taker for Bengal in 9 seasons, was dropped from the eleven after just one game in the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy and hasn’t played first-class cricket since December 2019.
The 36-year-old had a blowout with the coaching staff and the Bengal board members. Initially, Dinda didn’t get along with the newly-appointed coach, Arun Lal, a former Bengal batsman. And later his altercations with bowling coach, Ranadeb Bose led to his omission from the eleven.
Dinda is Bengal’s second most successful bowler after Utpal Chatterjee, with 420 first-class wickets. He has 151 and 146 scalps in List A and T20s respectively.
I have given my blood and sweat for the team for 15 years: Ashok Dinda
Dinda says that he is ready to move on from the Bengal team and wants to do well for Goa. However, the pacer still has residual feelings for his home state team after playing for them for more than a dozen years. He is unhappy that his career with Bengal came to end in the way it did.
“Of course I miss Bengal. I have given my blood and sweat for the team for 15 years. I don’t think any pacer has done that and I am proud of it. I know I don’t have many more days of cricket left in me, but I never thought that it would end in this manner,” Dinda told Times of India.
Apart from Arun Lal and Ranadeb Bose, Dinda has had fallouts with the chief selector, Palash Nandy as well as Manoj Tiwary, Dinda’s former teammate. Dinda, who played 13 ODI and 9 T20Is for India along with 78 IPL matches, says that he doesn’t hold any grudge against the Bengal team as it helped him earn a national jersey. It is the management with whom the pacer has issues.
“As professional players, we know how to move ahead. I don’t have anything against Bengal cricket. After all, I played for India riding on my success for Bengal. My grievances are only against the team management,” he added.