The Cricket Affiliation of Bengal (CAB) is considering tapping the IPL market to nominate a brand new coach for the Bengal senior group for the following season, because the incumbent, Arun Lal, is about to be relieved of his duties. It’s learnt that the CAB is mulling on the change after Bengal’s defeat to Madhya Pradesh within the Ranji Trophy semifinal this time period.
Bengal performed the Ranji Trophy ultimate in 2019-20 underneath Lal’s cost and this season, they certified for the semifinal on the heels of a world file batting efficiency towards Jharkhand, the place 9 batsmen scored half-centuries in an innings. Nevertheless, the group’s batting, save Manoj Tiwary and Shahbaz Ahmed’s a whole bunch within the first innings, imploded towards MP. There’s respect for Lal, 66, within the Bengal cricket fraternity, however there’s additionally a sense that the group wants a brand new course underneath a youthful coach.
In accordance with a CAB insider, the state affiliation was eager on appointing Wasim Jaffer and cellphone calls have been made to the previous Mumbai and India opener. However Jaffer has already taken cost of the Bangladesh U-19 group and received’t be accessible. Former Bengal and India all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who coaches the Bengal U-23 facet, is in consideration, however for the time being, he’s not the primary alternative.
“The thought is to nominate a coach who develops our gamers for the following degree, in order that they’ll knock on the Indian group door. It must be a steady course of. After all, it’s vital to win the Ranji Trophy, however this is essential as nicely,” a CAB official instructed The Indian Express.The CAB desires a coach who can be accountable for the group’s batting additionally. “If a coach can take care of the group’s batting, we received’t need to individually appoint a batting coach,” mentioned the official.
There’s no embargo on teaching a state group and be a part of the teaching set-up of an IPL franchise. Sairaj Bahutule and Amol Muzumdar have coached Gujarat and Mumbai respectively, whereas being a part of the Rajasthan Royals’ teaching set-up. Their contracts with the respective state associations gave them a two-month leeway to be a part of the T20 league. The CAB is considering alongside the identical traces, though no shortlist has been drawn up as but.
Admiration for Pandit
Sources mentioned the Bengal cricket hierarchy admires Chandrakant Pandit’s work within the home circuit. The previous Mumbai and India wicketkeeper-batsman has guided MP to the Ranji Trophy ultimate this time period, after presiding over Vidarbha’s back-to-back titles. However there’s a fear that Pandit’s administration model is slightly old-school – he prefers a tough-love method – and won’t be appropriate for larger groups. In high-profile dressing rooms, man administration turns into the important thing issue.
It’s learnt that the CAB is just not averse to make an abroad appointment, if somebody like Andy Flower turns into accessible. For the time being, although, that’s only a back-up plan and a tad far-fetched.