Pragyan Ojha    AFP
Pragyan Ojha AFP

Kolkata: Pragyan Ojha’s tussle over his release finally ended when the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) decided to give a “no objection certificate” to the former India left-arm spinner to return to his home team Hyderabad after two seasons. Ojha wrote to CAB stating that due to family reasons it is difficult for him to leave Hyderabad and pleaded that it would be detrimental to his career if he missed matches at this stage. Pragyan Ojha excluded from Bengal squad for warm-up matches in Gujarat

“I had a discussion with (president) Sourav Ganguly and we have agreed to release him on sympathetic grounds,” CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya told PTI. Ojha however will not be able to play Hyderabad’s Ranji opener versus Maharashtra at home on Friday. “We will only play him after getting the NOC,” HCA secretary T Sheshnarayan said. Sourav Ganguly: Bengal won t release Pragyan Ojha

When CAB announced the Bengal squad, Ojha was missing. The left-arm orthodox bowler found himself in controversy when Hyderabad had earlier announced that the bowler is set to return to his former side. The developments had irked CAB President Sourav Ganguly who denied Ojha the NOC and firmly stated, He wanted a release but we have not given him. Bengal signed him when Hyderabad were in Plate. We need his service, and how can he leave us now Pragyan Ojha seeks transfer from Bengal to Hyderabad for upcoming domestic season

The cold war intensified when Bengal were forced to name their squads for the warm-up games ahead of the season without him as they failed to establish contact with him.