Ashok Dinda receives NOC from CAB; free to play for any other state

Ashok Dinda receives NOC from CAB; free to play for any other state

The fast bowler was involved in a controversy during the 2019-20 Ranji Trophy.

Ashok Dinda
Ashok Dinda. (Photo by Pal Pillai/Getty Images)

The Bengal right-arm pacer Ashok Dinda was going through a rough patch after he was dropped by the state for Ranji Trophy 2019-20 match against Andhra Pradesh. It was reported that Bengal cricketer took offence when coach, Ranadeb Bose was having a “private conversation” with the captain, Abhimanyu Easwaran.

However, in the latest turn of events, things have turned out to be a bit smooth for him. The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has given the No Objection Certificate to the veteran pacer. The 36-year-old was ousted from the team’s side after Bengal’s match against Kerala.

He was involved in an ugly spat with bowling coach Ranadeb Bose but is now released to play for any other state except his home. The speedster recently requested CAB president Avishek Dalmiya to let him appear for another state in the 2020-21 season and grant him a NOC letter.

Dalmiya wrote in the letter addressed to Dinda, “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, 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.”

Dinda has been featured in 13 ODIs, and nine T20Is for India and has 420 first-class wickets to his credit. In the same light, he is the second-highest wicket-taker after former left-arm spinner Utpal Chatterjee.

The incident that pushed Dinda out of the game

Dinda, who has a great name in Bengal cricket, appeared last time for India in January 2013 against England. In the incident that pushed him out of the Bengal state cricket, he “abused” the bowling coach in pre-match session due to which he was removed immediately owing to disciplinary actions by CAB.

According to reports of The Indian Express,“He (Dinda) abused Ranadeb Bose. The CAB secretary requested him to apologise, but he didn’t. It was very unfortunate. It shouldn’t have happened. Then again, the game goes on. Nobody is indispensable. Certainly, I support the CAB’s decision,” quoted head coach Arun Lal.