Ashok Dinda, veteran Bengal fast bowler, has revealed that he will never play for his state team again.
Calling himself a victim of politics, Dinda, who was dropped from the Bengal team midway through the last season after his verbal spat with bowling coach, said that he will return stronger but with a new team.
“I will not be part of Bengal anymore, that’s for sure. It was a decision I had taken last season only. It’s my personal matter,” Ashok Dinda told PTI.
“You have seen what (actor) Sushant Singh Rajput had to go through… Sob jagay eki jinish — (favouritism, politics are everywhere). But I’m mentally strong and nobody can break me. “I will play for some other state. I’ve got a few offers and discussions are on. But I’m yet to finalise which state I’m going to represent next season,” he added.
“I’m not happy playing here with this group of coaching staff”- Ashok Dinda
Ashok Dinda, who has 420 wickets to his name in 116 First-Class matches, was accused of publicly abusing Bengal bowling coach Bose, a former medium-pace bowler who claimed 317 wickets in 91 First-Class games.
The veteran fast bowler was asked to issue an apology, which he refused, and also of creating a rift within the team.
“I’m not happy playing here with this group of coaching staff. The way I was treated, I’ve nothing to say. I’ve done the job for them and now I’m of no use. It’s a selfish world,” he said.
Despite the controversy, Bengal proceeded to make their way into the Ranji Trophy finals. During one of the games, Dinda was spotted at Eden Gardena, rooting for Ishan Porel.
“I’ll definitely miss the home state, 100 percent, having played for so many years. I also missed them last year. But I’m in good terms with my former teammates… (CAB president) Avishek is very friendly and good-hearted. “At times, I also speak to Dadi (Sourav Ganguly),” Ashok Dinda added.