Tripura captain Bishal Ghosh, who scored a double-century in the season opener against Services last month, has been left out of the team’s ongoing Ranji Trophy fixture against Haryana amid controversial circumstances.
Ghosh, 22, said he pulled out of the team after sustaining a shoulder injury in a bike accident in Agartala on the eve of the match, but the official word differed from his version.
Justice (Retd) AB Paul, the administrator for the Tripura Cricket Association (TCA), told Sportstar on Friday that Ghosh was left out after a complaint was filed with the police against him on Wednesday for allegedly outraging the modesty of a woman.
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“A police complaint has been filed against him at the West Agartala Women police station. There is a case and a counter-case. Bishal’s father has lodged an FIR and the other side has also complained that he outraged her modesty. This is a case of moral turpitude and we are concerned.
"Now, the code of conduct is also very strict. We immediately decided to drop him from the match. Bishal also said he could not lift his hand and was beaten up,” Justice Paul said.
The administrator said they will look into the matter and also discuss the issue with the selection committee in the next few days and take a call on whether Ghosh will be selected for the remaining fixtures.
Ghosh narrated a different story. "I filed an FIR against the other biker after the accident took place. I suffered injuries on the shoulder. Now I hear that there has been a counter-complaint against me.”
The police said a complaint was lodged against Ghosh for wrongfully restraining a person, and use of criminal force against a woman with intent to disrobe.
Ghosh has so far played 26 first-class and 17 List-A matches for the state. In the ongoing Ranji Trophy, he has scored 337 runs in eight innings.
In his absence, Smit Patel is leading Tripura against Haryana.