Hyderabad: Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha continues to tread the path of uncertainty even as the new Ranji Trophy season gets under way from Friday. Ojha had sought a transfer to Hyderabad this season after playing for Bengal two seasons.
Even though the 31-year-old, who has 24 Tests and 18 ODIs, had applied for the no-objection certificate (NOC) from BCCI four months ago, Ojha has yet to get the green signal play for Hyderabad. As a result, he was not named in the Hyderabad team for the first Group A match against Maharashtra that will be played at Gymkhana from October 6.
Skipper Ambati Rayudu said they were waiting eagerly for Ojha. “He has been practising with the Hyderabad team for the last 45 days. He is helping the boys. With Pragyan, Mehdi (Hasan), Akash (Bhandari) and Amol (Shinde), we could have a strong spin unit,’’ said Rayudu.
New coach J Arunkumar, too, echoed Rayudu’s views on Ojha. “Once he gets the clearance from the BCCI, he will be in the scheme of things for Hyderabad. He is one of our wicket-taking bowlers,’’ he said.
Ojha, who refused to be drawn into a controversy, is waiting patiently for the NOC. At the same time, he is working hard at the nets and will be ready for the new season. It is mysterious that BCCI has taken a long time for reasons best known to them to give the necessary clearance for a player who is making a comeback to his home State.