Calcutta: With the likes of captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Wriddhiman Saha and Manoj Tiwary to be busy with their IPL commitments, it looks Bengal will have to do without Ashok Dinda as well when they face Baroda in their first Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Super League tie, on Tuesday.
Dinda had been included in the side for the Baroda match since he had expressed his interest to play one more game before the IPL. But the pacer sustained a shoulder injury while trying to prevent a boundary during Bengal’s last zonal leg tie of the national T20 tournament versus Odisha on Saturday.
Initially, it was being said that the injury wasn’t a serious one. But on Sunday, the team management felt that making Dinda play this game might aggravate his injury, which could bring about uncertainty over his participation in the IPL.
“Dinda may aggravate the injury if he plays this game. So, we don’t want to risk him,” said stand-in captain Sourashish Lahiri.
“Dinda has had an outstanding season. A successful IPL will certainly brighten his prospects of being back in the reckoning for India selection. So, the IPL is really crucial for him,” Sourashish added.
Dinda will be turning out for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL VII, which begins from April 16.
Either Sourav Mondal or Sayan Ghosh could come in place of the 30-year-old against Baroda on Tuesday.