BCCI clears Pragyan Ojha's action, bowler hopes 'traumatic days over'
A regular feature in India's home Test matches till last year, Ojha's action came under scanner a few months back and last December he was banned from bowling in competitive cricket and sent for action correction.cricket Updated: Feb 05, 2015 20:09 IST
The Indian cricket board has cleared suspended left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha's action and he is now eligible to play in Hyderabad's next Ranji Trophy encounter against Himachal Pradesh starting in Hyderabad on Friday.
"Yes, I got the clearance from the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) this afternoon. I have received a mail stating that my action has been cleared and I am eligible to start playing competitive cricket. I will be playing in Hyderabad's Ranji Trophy match tomorrow. It has been an emotionally turbulent phase for me. Hopefully, it is over now," Ojha said from his Hyderabad residence.
Asked what exactly was the technical problem, Ojha explained,"There was a bit of problem that developed with my body momentum at the time of release. Since I was playing non-stop, I didn't realise when it crept into my system. The team of experts worked with me in Chennai (and) helped me get rid of the problem. The change that I now have is that of a straightened run-up to the crease."
He is happy to be back where he belongs. "Yes, I am happy to be playing but I belong somewhere else! I belong in that Indian team and that's my aim. To get my place back in the Test side," Ojha said.
A regular feature in India's home Test matches till last year, Ojha's action came under scanner a few months back and last December he was banned from bowling in competitive cricket and sent for action correction.
Ojha, who has 113 wickets in 24 Test matches, put the setback in perspective. "It was a very tough period emotionally for me and my family. But I would like to thank the BCCI and the Chennai testing centre for their support. I would like to thank specialist coaches Diwakar Vasu (former TN Ranji player) and Venkat Ramanna who worked with me during the last one month."