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Saha set to lead Bengal

Calcutta: An official announcement is still awaited, but Wriddhiman Saha set to lead Bengal for the forthcoming season.

It was learnt that the wicket-keeper-batsman had agreed to take up the captaincy mantle during an informal meeting with Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya some days ago. That Saha is finally ready to lead the side has made the situation a lot easier for the CAB.

The CAB found itself in a fix after Manoj Tiwary’s injured knee forced him to go under the scalpel, raising doubts over his participation during the initial stages of the Ranji Trophy.

“With uncertainty surrounding Manoj, we had just two other options as far as selecting the captain was concerned — Wrddhiman and Laxmi (Ratan Shukla). Now, Laxmi has been entrusted with the job previously. So the only person remaining was Wriddhiman.

“He has been a consistent performer for Bengal... Saha’s consistency in the middle order stood out on several occasions. Importantly, he has agreed to take up the captaincy during his meeting with our president.

“Previously, he had been offered to lead the team, but was never very keen on it. We couldn’t force it onto him since he was unwilling.

“But now that he himself says he’s ready, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be entrusted with the job. There should be no more doubts over this,” a top CAB official said.