Mohun Bagan Athletic Club are eyeing to win every trophy in the Kolkata Club Cricket next season as they are all set to create a squad full of youngsters. From Sudip Gharami to Ishan Porel, the green and maroon team is bringing the best from Bengal cricket for the next season to redeem their past glory. In a Kolkata Club Cricket Exclusive, we bring you the full squad of Mohun Bagan Athletic Club before they sign their players.
Mohun Bagan, the Kolkata Maidan giants, are all set to sign 22 players for their upcoming season. Among those 22, three will be outstation players, while others are homegrown talents from Bengal. Their biggest recruit of the season surely will be "Bengal Cricketer of the year 2023" Sudip Kumar Gharami and pacer Ishan Porel. Ishan will be coming from arch-rival East Bengal, while Sudip Gharami had an outstanding season for Kalighat Club. Sudip had scored 803 runs in 10 innings in the Ranji Trophy 2022/23 season. Both Ishan Porel and Sudip Gharami had played for East Bengal seasons back and had helped the team win two trophies in the 2021/22 season.
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Along with Ishan and Sudip, wicket-keeper batter Shakir Habib Gandhi will be their other new recruit from Tapan Memorial. Habib was instrumental in Mohun Bagan winning the P.Sen trophy at the end of the last season where the Southpaw played an outstanding knock of unbeaten 157 in the final.
This season, along with their coach Pranab Nandi, who was very successful with East Bengal during his last term, Mohun Bagan have brought many players from their neighbour club. Railways cricketer Akash Pandey, Bengal all-rounder Sayan Shekhar Mondal, Ankur Paul and Arif Ansari are a few of them.
Ankur, who was named East Bengal's cricketer of the year for 2022/23, will be one of the batters to watch out at the top, along with Kazi Zunaid Saifi, who will be renewing his contract with the Mariners. With Arif coming into the squad, Mohun Bagan will have the good problem of having two great keepers at the club. Along with Arif and Habib, Suvankar Bal will also add to the competition of donning the gloves for the Mohun Bagan. Tauikuddin Mondal will be another exciting transfer for them. The young allrounder has been playing for Bengal in all under-age cricket and will be one of the players under the scanner this time.
In the pace attack, along with Ishan Porel, they have brought back Sayan Ghosh who had gone to Kaligaht from Mohun Bagan last season. Moreover, they will be singing Durgesh Dube, a young left-arm pacer from Bhawanipore Club. Rohit Kumar, Suman Das and Prakash Roy will be the other pacers in the squad.
Arnab Nandi (C), Md. Kounain Qureshi*, Sayan Ghosh, Sudip Gharami, Ankur Paul, Avilin Ghosh, Sayan Shekhar Mondal, Sachin Yadav, Suvankar Bal, Taufik Uddin Mondal, Ayush Kumar Singh, Kazi Zunaid Saifi, Ubed Ahmed*, Akash Pandey, Sunil Dalal*, Durgesh Dube, Prakash Roy, Suman Das, Rohit Kumar, Arif Ansari, Ishan Porel. (* marks are for outstation players)
Arnab Nandi, who was a successful leader for the East Bengal club in the past, stated that they are trying to bring back that combination they had in East Bengal. "We're trying to bring that combination of East Bengal back here with Tultul (Pranab Nandi) sir and other players," Arnab told Sportz Point.
"We are eyeing every trophy. With the squad we have created, we are hopeful of playing great cricket. In the last few seasons, Mohun Bagan had the belief of having star players in the squad. But, this time, we are blending upcoming stars with experience," Arnab added.