The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) and the Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) have contradicted Indian cricketer Wriddhiman Saha’s claim of getting an offer from the two state boards to play for them. The two state associations have clearly said no to what Saha claimed a few days ago. While a GCA official confirmed that the state board has made no such offer, a GCA official said that he is unaware of any such moves made by his board.
The GCA official said that they already have a young keeper named Het Patel and they have no plans to spoil that young player’s career. “I can confirm that Gujarat Cricket Association has made no such offer to Wriddhiman Saha. We have a young keeper named Het Patel, who is doing very well for us. Why in the world would we try to spoil his career,” senior GCA official Anil Patel told news agency PTI.
Meanwhile, BCA Secretary, Ajit Lele who is currently in the United States also almost confirmed that the board has not approached Saha with any such offer the cricketer has claimed. “I am not in India for the past one month but as far as BCA is concerned we have already roped in Ambati Rayudu as professional. To the best of my knowledge, we haven’t sounded out Saha,” Lele said.
Notably, after a fallout with his state association, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), the 40-Test veteran had confirmed that he will be moving to other states to play in the domestic circuit. Saha had also claimed that he had offers “from quite a few state associations but I have not given my go-ahead to either of them.”
The 37-year-old, however, has been approached by Tripura but there are reports that his demand as professional fees over and above his match fee isn’t something that could be considered.