| Sibsankar Roy |
Guwahati, Sept. 20: It was a dream come true for Assam cricketer Sibsankar Roy when his Ranji coach Subhrajit Saikia called up to say he has been named in the India Blue team for the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy limited-over cricket tournament.
“I could not believe my ears and thought I was dreaming,” Roy told The Telegraph.
“I think my consistent show in the last season helped draw the attention of the selectors. I also thank the Assam Cricket Association for taking up my cause with the BCCI when we were not named initially in the teams,” the 22-year-old said.
“I am happier than when I got the news about my inclusion in the India under-19 squad. I will utilise this opportunity to the best,” Roy, popularly known as Shibu, said.
“Shibu definitely deserved it. He took it as a challenge last year when we demoted him to the under-25 team. He worked hard and came out with flying colours throughout the season,” coach Saikia said.
ACA secretary Bikash Baruah termed it a victory for the ACA in its fight for justice with the BCCI. “All our office-bearers and members are very happy,” Baruah said.
The ACA had rushed a letter to the BCCI and taken it up with the selectors individually after no one from Assam was considered for any of the teams.
The newly floated Association for Cricketers of Assam, too, raised the issue with the ACA.