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Swarupam seeks a chance

Guwahati, Feb. 4: Assam Ranji player Swarupam Purkayastha today heaved a sigh of relief and welcomed the lifting of the ban imposed on him by the Assam Cricket Association (ACA). He said given a chance in the current season, he would display the best of form and commitment towards the state.

The 24-year-old, who was suspended for three years on charges of indiscipline during a selection trial in Silchar in October, 2012, told The Telegraph: “I was informed informally by one of my friends that the ban has been lifted. I am thankful to the ACA for taking the step before my career was jeopardised.”

Purkayastha had pleaded with the ACA to review the disciplinary committee decision immediately after he was suspended on October 12, 2012.

“All that happened is a part of life which I would love to forget and start from the beginning. I was hopeful of this day and thus I was keeping myself fit and in form to render state duty whenever I get the chance,” the all-rounder told The Telegraph from Chennai where he was playing for NF Railway in the all-India inter-railways cricket tournament.

Purkayastha is an employee with NF Railway, which has qualified for the railways meet knockouts to be held in Gwalior from tomorrow.

“I have been maintaining my fitness and regular practice drills because I continued to play for my employers as well as for Durham in the English Premier League. I have been playing for England for the last two seasons,” he said when asked if he was fit for state duty.

The promising youngster, who has played for Assam in various age groups before being banned, is, however, yet to be called to the selection trials for the Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament.