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Bengal Axe Ashok Dinda Due to Disciplinary Reasons

Dinda, who would have played against Andhra, has forced Bengal to with Akash Deep and Baddupalli Amit along with Ishan Porel and Mukesh Kumar if they are to play four seamers on a pitch that helps fast bowlers.

Cricketnext Staff |December 25, 2019, 2:18 PM IST
Bengal Axe Ashok Dinda Due to Disciplinary Reasons

After a morale-boosting win against Kerala to start of their Ranji campaign, the Bengal team were dealt a big blow when Ashok Dinda was axed on the eve of the game against Andhra Pradesh for indiscipline.

According a Cricbuzz report, Dinda abused bowling coach Ranadeb Bose after a practice session when the latter was talking to captain Abhimanyu Easwaran during the team meeting.

According to a CAB source, Dinda was given time till the evening to apologise for his behaviour. He didn't, and could well be ignored for the rest of the season. The selectors dropped him to teach him a lesson.

The veteran bowler had been left out of the Syed Mushtaq Ali squad too earlier in the year.

Dinda, who would have played against Andhra, has forced Bengal to with Akash Deep and Baddupalli Amit along with Ishan Porel and Mukesh Kumar if they are to play four seamers on a pitch that helps fast bowlers.

"We will have to play in a way that we don't feel the need of an extra batsman. We have to be aggressive," coach Arun Lal said after the training session.

This means one of Shahbaz Ahmed or Arnab Nandi will have to sit out after both bagged five-fors in the previous game.

"Arnab and Shahbaz made a huge difference in the match against Kerala. But at Eden Gardens we might look to play four pacers," said Lal.

The toss could play a vital factor as both teams will be tempted to bowl first in seamer-friendly conditions. "The match will start at 8.45 am and both teams have strong pace attacks. So whoever wins the toss will want to bowl first," opined skipper Abhimanyu Easwaran.

The good news for Bengal is that Manoj Tiwary, who had suffered a minor hip strain in the previous match, is fit to play. The experienced Tiwary will have to put his hands up in what could turn out to be a battle of pacers.

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