In a bizarre incident that left the Bengal team management red in the face,the hosts fielded a playing XI in their Vijay Hazare Trophy match against Jharkhand on Sunday different from what had been finalized by the think tank and the selectors before the start of the play.
After the final XI was ready,Bengal manager Sujan Mukherjee scratched off young batsman Debabrata Dass name from the official team list and included pacer Sourav Sarkar,and submitted it to the match referee and the opposition camp.
However,the error was spotted by batting consultant Mohinder Amarnath,but only after the toss. The Bengal team apologised to the match officials and sought to include Debabrata Das in place of Sarkar in the playing XI. However,Jharkhand refused to accept it,and Bengal were forced to stick to the wrong playing XI in the match.
The incident,however,didnt distract Laxmi Ratan Shukla and Co. as the hosts overwhelmed Jharkhand by 90 overs. Sourav Ganguly,whod hung his boots last year,made a return but could managed only 17 as Bengal,put in to bat,notched up 241,courtesy Shuklas 82. In reply,Jharkhand were all out for 151 in 40.4 overs.
Brief scores: Bengal 241 all out in 48.2 overs (LR Shukla 82; Kuldeep Sharma 4/33); Jharkhand 151 all out in 40.4 overs (S Tiwary 32; I Saxena 2/13,LR Shukla 2/17)