The 37-year-old Saha, who officially signed the contract on Friday in the state capital, is likely to be named the captain of the team. The veterans were in talks with Tripura for more than a month. However, things were formalized after the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) gave a no-objection certificate late last month.
Notably, Saha had sought his NOC after being hurt by a senior administrator’s comments ahead of the 2021-22 Ranji Trophy quarter-finals.
According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, the Tripura Cricket Association was keen to pick Saha as it is more than likely that he will be available for the entire duration of the domestic season. He is set to attend a series of camps in preparation for the upcoming season, which is likely to begin in September.
The wicketkeeper is unlikely to be involved in India’s plan to move forward, after the team management’s stance was conveyed earlier this year. He last played a Test against New Zealand in November 2021.
Saha has played 122 first-class matches, scoring 6423 runs at an average of 41.98. He has so far scored 13 centuries and 38 half-centuries. This includes 1354 Test runs in 40 matches at an average of 29.41.
Despite not being in India’s plan, Saha has expressed his desire to continue playing in all forms of cricket. He is currently with the 2022 champions Gujarat Titans in the IPL, for which he scored 317 runs in 11 innings at a strike rate of 132.32.
Last season, Tripura topped their group, making it to the knockouts of the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy, and Syed Mushtaq Ali missed out on a place in the T20I knockouts. He scored one point in three matches in the Ranji Trophy.
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