HCA writes to BCCI, Ojha awaits CAB clearance

The left-arm spinner, who switched allegiance to Bengal Ranji team two years ago, wants to return to Hyderabad due to personal reasons.

Out-of-favour India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha may finally get a clearance from Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Tuesday to return to his home team Hyderabad.   -  PTI

Out-of-favour India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha may finally get a clearance from Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Tuesday to return to his home team Hyderabad.

The CAB, who had named Ojha in their Ranji probables, will have a meeting to finalise on his release, joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya told reporters.

The development comes after Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) shot a mail to the BCCI on Monday, asking the parent body for guidance to deal with the case as August 31 is the deadline after their “request letters” to CAB went unanswered.

“We’re positive that he will be released,” HCA secretary T Seshnarayan said.

He further said he had requested CAB to release Ojha in two letters but he has not got any response till today.

“I have finally decided to write to BCCI seeking guidance as this case is unique,” Seshnarayan said.

“I don’t think the CAB will retain a player when he is unwilling to play for Bengal. He has some genuine personal issues with his wife unable to travel and employed here,” he said from Hyderabad.

“Even in a work atmosphere, I cannot ask my employee to stay if he is not ready to give 100 per cent. It’s about being compassionate as well,” he added.

The former India spinner was unavailable for a reaction.

Ojha last played for India in 2013, in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell Test and took a match-haul of 10 wickets, but remained ignored by the selectors.

With Hyderabad relegated to Group C in Ranji Trophy, Ojha switched allegiance to Bengal in 2015/16 to stage better chances of making a comeback. He claimed 36 wickets from nine matches.

But he had a lacklustre last season with 10 wickets from six matches.