Ojha: ‘Looking forward to return to my home team Hyderabad’

The left-arm spinner last played a Test in 2013 in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell match and took a 10-wicket haul, only to be ignored by the selectors for future tours.

Ojha: ‘I’m excited to return to my home side’.   -  Getty Images

Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha today said he’s seeking a transfer from Bengal after a two-season stint to return to his home team Hyderabad for the upcoming domestic season.

Terming it a personal decision, the left-arm spinner said he’s written to the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) today seeking an NOC and also informed his decision to its president Sourav Ganguly personally.

“I’m excited to return to my home side, we are back in Elite group and looking forward to do well by giving that extra bit as an experienced cricketer,” the 30-year-old told PTI from Hyderabad.

“The target will definitely come into mind but at the moment I want to do well and even contribute with the bat and be one of the main members of the team. We have a few youngsters who have been doing well,” he said.

Ojha last played a Test in 2013 in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell match and took a 10-wicket haul, only to be ignored by the selectors for future tours.

With Hyderabad relegated to group C, he switched allegiance to Bengal in 2015-16 to get better chances of making a comeback and claimed 36 wickets from nine matches, the team’s joint highest with pacer Ashok Dinda.

But he had a lacklustre last season with 10 wickets from six matches as there were reports of discontent with him in the team. Ojha, however, was all praise for CAB.

“It’s nothing to do with CAB. I had a cordial relation with everyone. CAB always allowed me to play the kind of cricket I wanted. It’s important to have that space,” he said.

“They never doubted my decision as far as cricket was concerned. I am especially thankful to Dada (Ganguly) and captain Manoj (Tiwary) who were backbone of me doing well for Bengal. (Coach) Sairaj Bahutule and Manoj always had the confidence in me and backed me,” he concluded.

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