Bengal Cricket Exclusive: CAB looking to find new coach; Chandrakant Pandit, Laxmi Ratan Shukla and few IPL coaches are options

After the loss against Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy semi-final, Bengal looking for a new coach as Arun Lal might have to leave the seat

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After another year without the Ranji Trophy, Cricket Association of Bengal is now desperate to change things for the next seasons. It has been nearly four decades when Bengal had won the domestic silverware. Since then they have played three finals but was not able to go over the line. Even, in the last season they played the final under coach Arun Lal. However, after the semi-final loss against Madhya Pradesh, Bengal is now looking to explore an new market to make their new coach. In fact, they can look for people who are working in IPL teams and also overseas options are a possibility too. Sportz Point gives you a detailed report on this Bengal Cricket Exclusive news.

Bengal Cricket: Coach Arun Lal along with captain Abhimanyu Easwaran , Sourasish Lahiri and CAB Cricket Operations head Joydeep Mukherjee | Sportz Point

Coach Arun Lal along with captain Abhimanyu Easwaran , Assistant coach Sourasish Lahiri and CAB Cricket Operations Head Joydeep MukherjeeImage - Instagram/CABCricket

Bengal did well under coach Arun Lal. However, according to some reports, he was not keen on changing his "traditional thought process" and uses motivation to coach the team. Even as per some reports, Arun Lal never tried to change any batting issues of the batters when they were not doing well. Henceforth, Bengal is looking for someone now who can be a batting coach and the head coach as well. So, they will not have to be appoint an extra batting coach for the team.

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According to some insider news, Wasim Jaffar was the first choice of the administration of the Bengal Cricket. However, as the former India and Mumbai opener as already taken the responsibility of Bangladesh U-19 Team, he will not be available for the post. Current Bengal U-23 and U-25 Coach and former Bengal Captain, Laxmi Ratan Shukla is an option for them as well. However, he is not the first choice of the Bengal management.

Laxmi Ratan Shulka, the former Bengal captain is an option for Bengal as the new head coach of the senior team | Sportz Point

Laxmi Ratan Shukla (R) and Shiv Shaknar Paul (L) in the Bengal U-25 practice.

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As per a report by Indian Express, an CAB official has stated that, "The idea is to appoint a coach who develops our players for the next level, so that they can knock on the Indian team door. It should be a continuous process. Of course, it's important to win the Ranji Trophy, but this is very important as well."

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Bengal to explore IPL arena for their next coach

Hence, they are looking for a coach who can take Bengal players to the next level via Ranji Trophy. That is why they are also looking for few options in the IPL arena as well. As per the rules of state associations, there are no restraints on coaches not to participate in IPL. In fact, coaches like Sairaj Bahutule and Amol Mazumdar who are in the Rajasthan Royal's coaching set up, get an two and half month of leisure for their respective state associations. Hence, Bengal might look for options like them who are contracted with IPL teams, so that they can work on the players in a new way and look for improvement as well.

Chandrakant Pandit to coach Bengal?

However, as per few other reports, Bengal think tank is also inspired by how Chandrakant Pandit has taken teams like Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha to domestic success. Under him, Madhya Pradesh is playing the Ranji final after four decades. Before that, Vidarbha had won back-to-back Ranji titles under him. But, his rough and tough approach might not be suited for bigger teams like Bengal. A team full with stars and India probables needs more of a manager than a rough and tough coach.

Chandrakant Pandit | Sportz Point

Chandrakant Pandit is one of the most successful coaches in Indian domestic cricket history. Image - The Hindu.

With all these options, Bengal also not disinclined to look for overseas options. Coaches like Andy Flower is an option. But, is the last option if they can not find any suitable coach for the team.

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