The Bengal Cricket Association (CAB) is considering entering the IPL market to appoint a new coach for the Bengal senior team for next season as current coach Arun Lal is due to be relieved of his duties. It has been revealed that CAB is considering a change after Bengal’s loss to Madhya Pradesh in the semi-finals of the Ranji Trophy this season.
Bengal played in the final of the Ranji Trophy in the 2019-20 season under Lal and they reached the semi-finals this season following a world record scoring against Jharkhand where nine batsmen scored half a century per innings. However, the team’s performance, with the exception of hundreds of Manoj Tiwari and Shahbaz Ahmed in the first innings, collapsed against MP. Lal, 66, is respected in the Bengal cricket fraternity, but there is also a sense that the team needs a new direction under a younger coach.
According to a CAB insider, the state association was keen to nominate Wasim Jaffer and phone calls were made to the former Mumbai and India discoverer. But Jaffer has already taken charge of the Bangladesh Under-19s and will not be available. Former Bengali and Indian all-rounder Lakshmi Ratan Shukla, who coaches the Bengali U-23 team, is under consideration but is not the first choice at the moment.
“The idea is to appoint a coach who will develop our players to the next level so that they can knock on the door of the Indian team. It must be an ongoing process. Of course, it is important to win the Ranji Trophy, but it is also very important,” said a CAB representative. indian express.CAB wants a coach who will also be in charge of batting the team. “If the coach can oversee the team’s batting, we won’t need to assign a batting coach separately,” the official said.
There is no ban on coaching a state team and being part of an IPL franchise coaching setup. Sairaj Bahutule and Amol Muzumdar coached Gujarat and Mumbai respectively while part of the Rajasthan Royals coaching team. Their contracts with their respective state associations gave them a two-month reprieve to become part of the T20 league. CAB is thinking in the same direction, although the final list has not yet been drawn up.
Admiration for Pandit
Sources said that the Bengal cricket hierarchy admires Chandrakanth Pandit’s work in the domestic market. The former batsman from Mumbai and India led the MP to the final of the Ranji Trophy this season after managing back-to-back Vidarbha titles. But there are concerns that Pandit’s management style is a bit old-fashioned – he prefers a tough approach – and may not be suitable for large teams. In loud locker rooms, man control becomes key.
It was learned that CAB would not mind setting up a meeting abroad if someone like Andy Flower showed up. For now, however, this is just a back-up plan and a bit contrived.