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Manojit suffers a setback

Calcutta: Bengal bowler Manojit Ghosh has been barred from playing first-class cricket and List A games after being reported for suspected action.

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) received a letter from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday, where it was stated the 30-year-old medium-pacer was “suspected for illegal bowling action as the flexion and extension of bowling arm and elbow are above permissible limit”.

After receiving a recommendation from the Board’s umpires review committee, the suspect action review committee also asked Bengal coach Ashok Malhotra to rectify Ghosh’s action and the CAB to monitor the progress. Manojit will have to pass a test at the NCA before being cleared by the BCCI.

Malhotra said that he will work with Manojit after the end of the Ranji season. “I came to know of the decision today itself. I will sit with the pacer as soon as the Ranji ties are over.”

As a result of Manojit’s suspension, Bengal had to drop him from their Ranji Trophy squad for their match against Uttar Pradesh, which starts from Saturday.

In the 16-member squad, Bengal selectors made in a couple of changes in a bid to revive the side’s fortunes. Bengal are in fifth position with 12 points from six outings and the match against Uttar Pradesh will be the side’s last at home before they conclude their group league engagements away at Tamil Nadu.

While Subhomay Das and Anustup Majumdar were axed because of poor form, Rohan Banerjee was dropped due to a spinal injury.

Making the cut were talented young batsmen Abhimanyu Easwaran and Sudip Chatterjee, all-rounder Sayan Sekhar Mondal and off-spinner Writtick Chatterjee.

Malhotra, who was present at the selection committee meeting along with captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla, hoped the youngsters will rise to the occasion.

“Most of our seniors, particularly the batsmen, failed to make use of the opportunities… We gave them enough chances but they couldn’t deliver despite the assurance that they will retain their places in the next match. The batsmen failed to live up to our expectations… So it was time that we get strict…

“They have to go back to the drawing board and have to work hard to get back into the side. We expect that the newcomers will put their hands up and prove a point in the upcoming matches,” said Malhotra.

The squad: Laxmi Ratan Shukla (captain), Arindam Das, Gitimoy Basu (wk), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Kaushik Ghosh, Writtick Chatterjee, Sandipan Das, Sayan Sekhar Mondal, Sudip Chatterjee, Ashok Dinda, Shib Shankar Paul, Saurav Sarkar, Sourav Mondal, Saurasish Lahiri, Iresh Saxena and Arnab Nandi.