Sahi’s position is to be cleared by the Tripura Cricket Association.

Wriddhiman Saha. (Photo by Brendan Thorne/Getty Images)

Indian wicket keeper Wriddhiman Saha has officially ended his 15-year stint with first-class club Bengal by signing a contract with provincial side Tripura as a player and coach for the 2022-23 domestic season. Saha joined the team on July 8 in Agartala and is likely to be chosen as the captain.

Saha had been in talks with Tripura board officials for over a month and he decided to move once he got a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) in late June. Ahead of the 2021/22 Ranji Trophy quarter-finals, Saha requested the NOC after he was offended by a senior administrator’s remarks.

According to ESPNcricinfo, Sahi’s position is yet to be formalized with the Tripura Cricket Association as he is highly expected to be available throughout the domestic season. In preparation for the upcoming season, which is expected to begin in September, he is scheduled to attend a number of training sessions.

Saha’s future in the Indian team is unclear

Saha is unlikely to play for India after learning about the position from the team management earlier this year. Saha last played a Test in December 2021 vs New Zealand. Apart from Test cricket, he was recently seen in the IPL representing the champion team Gujarat Titans as an opener.

Saha, 37, played 122 first-class games and scored 6,423 runs at an average of 41.98. So far he has hit 13 centuries and 38 half-centuries. Saha has also scored over 1,300 runs at an average of 29.41 in 40 Tests. He said he wanted to continue playing cricket in all its forms despite the setback.

Last season, Tripura entered the knockout stage of the Vijay Hazare Trophy by topping their group. Later in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, a 20-man tournament, Tripura failed to qualify for the knockout stages. In the Ranji season, they managed to collect only one point from three matches.

Wriddhiman Saha joins Tripura for 2022-23 domestic season, likely to be named captain

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