The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), on Wednesday, handed the No Objection Certificate to veteran fast bowler Ashok Dinda to play for other team in the upcoming domestic season. Ashok Dinda’s playing career with Bengal appeared over last season when he was left out of Bengal team following an ugly spat with bowling coach Ranadeb Bose.
He played Bengal’s first game of the last Ranji season which was against Kerala and picked up three wickets. But things soon took a bizarre turn when he got into a scrap with Bose on the sidelines of a training session in Kolkata, following which he was left out. He was given a chance to apologise to Bose, but refused.
He was subsequently dropped from the side but his absence did not really hurt Bengal. They went on to reach the Ranji Trophy final for the first time since 2006-07 – where they lost to Saurashtra. Ashok Dinda is now free to play for another state. He had requested CAB president Avishek Dalmiya to provide him the release letter to play for another state in 2020-21.
“We would like to hereby accord our concurrence to your request and this letter may kindly be treated as our No Objection Certificate to your playing for another state team in 2020-21 season,” Dalmiya wrote in a letter to Dinda.
“I must assert that your contribution to Bengal cricket is immense over the years and it is something that would always be acknowledged and cherished by the association,” added Dalmiya.
According to previous reports, Ashok Dinda was linked with Puducherry, Chhattisgarh and Goa for the 2020-21 domestic season. The former India pacer has left Bengal as one of their most successful fast-bowlers, with 420 wickets in first-class cricket and 151 and 146 in List A and T20s respectively.
He is the second leading wicket-taker for Bengal after former left-arm spinner Utpal Chatterjee (504).
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