Kolkata: Showering praise on the retired Bengal all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla, the CAB yesterday described the veteran allrounder as a great ambassador of the sport.
Laxmi Ratan Shukla. Pic/Atul Kamble
"He has been a crisis man for Bengal cricket, a great ambassador of the sport in the state. He has contributed to the cause of Bengal cricket on innumerable occasions. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours," CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya said.
Meanwhile the CAB has drafted in batsman Abhishek Das as a replacement for Shukla in the 16-member squad to play the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 tournament in Nagpur.
The most capped Ranji player for Bengal, Shukla, earlier this afternoon announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in a surprise announcement bringing curtain down on his career which he began in 1997-98 season.
Instead of Eden Gardens, Shukla chose his club Mohun Bagan tent to announce the retirement and he said he would like to continue playing for Mohun Bagan.
Incidentally, Shukla bowled a match winning over in their win pre quarterfinal win over Rajasthan Club in the JC Mukherjee Twenty20 tournament in club cricket.
The decision came as a shock as two days ago he was named in the Twenty20 squad and in the middle of the domestic season with Bengal due to play the Ranji Trophy quarters in February.
It is seen that Shukla took the decision as a fallout of his meeting with Ganguly who was unhappy with Bengal's group stage elimination from the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day tournament.
"It's very disappointing to be eliminated early in the onedayers. But I convey my best wishes to the team in Ranji Trophy," Shukla said.
Shukla grappled with injury and fitness issues and played just two Ranji Trophy matches for Bengal this season.
There is also a speculation that Shukla may join the ruling party Trinamool Congress in the upcoming Assembly polls next year.
Asked whether he is joining politics, Shukla said:"I can only say that I want to contribute to the society. I've received immense love and affection and it's time to pay back.
I will do my best and work for the society."
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