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CAB in search of vice-captain!

Calcutta: Two days before Bengal take on Odisha, in their first match of the zonal round of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the selectors named a 16-member squad without a deputy to captain Sourav Ganguly.

For the selectors, the automatic choice would have been Manoj Tiwary, who had captained the team for the first two Ranji Trophy matches this season. But since he is busy doing national duty, the next best option would have been Wriddhiman Saha.

But there’s a problem in appointing Saha as the vice-captain. According to sources, though the Cricket Association of Bengal was keen to give the responsibility to the wicket-keeper batsman, Saha himself has time and again expressed his disinterest for captaincy. A case in point is the recently-concluded Duleep Trophy, where Saha side-stepped East Zone captaincy.

The selectors, thus, found themselves in a fix regarding the vice-captain’s appointment.

Deep Dasgupta, the chairman of selectors, informed that it was mandatory to name a vice-captain in any format of the game. “We will probably name a vice-captain tomorrow (Sunday) since we cannot do without one,” said Deep.

If the off-field issues remained a distraction for the selectors, they might feel better with on-field activity. The Bengal players finally had a field day with a two-hour training session at the Eden Gardens.

On Saturday, Sourav was the first at the nets. He was later seen having a prolonged chat with youngster Jayojit Basu, who is likely to open the innings with the former India captain.

Later, asked about his chat with Sourav, Jayojit said: “I was playing a few rough shots at the nets... So he was advising me to control my temperament.”