Wriddhiman Saha’s relationship with the Cricket Association of Bengal has deteriorated after the experienced wicketkeeper batsman declined to play in Bengal’s Ranji Trophy quarter final matches. CAB secretary Avishek Dalmiya said he reached out to Saha in the hopes of persuading him to change his decision, but Saha declined. According to ESPNCricinfo, things have become so bad that if the concerns between Saha and the CAB aren’t handled, the cricket board may grant the player a No Objection Certificate, allowing him to continue his domestic career abroad.

Saha was left out of the Indian Test squad in February, and he detailed his interactions with head coach Rahul Dravid and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly at the time. The choice by Saha to forgo the Ranji Trophy did not sit well with the CAB’s joint-secretary Debabrata Das, who questioned the senior Bengal cricketer’s decision.

On February 22, he was cited in the Sangbad Pratidin as saying, “Tell me, why shouldn’t Wriddhi [Saha] play in the Ranji Trophy for Bengal?” “Why should he play for Bengal if he isn’t in the Indian team? Then we must infer that he has no sense of responsibility towards Bengal. He has declined to play for Bengal several times in the past as well. When we’ve approached him, he’s made a variety of reasons and skipped games. Sometimes he feels a general discomfort, and other times he has leg pain.”

These words, according to Saha’s wife Romi, ‘damaged him.’ According to Cricinfo, Dalmiya attempted to persuade Saha that the statements were not intended to be critical of him, but the conversations ultimately fell through. The Bengal lineup for the Ranji quarterfinal against Jharkhand, which begins on June 6, did not feature Saha.