WV Raman appointed Bengal batting consultant, Shukla set to become coach
Former India opener WV Raman will rejoin the Bengal Ranji Trophy team for the upcoming season as a “batting consultant,” while Laxmi Ratan Shukla, a former state captain, will take over as head coach.
“Shukla will be appointed the chief coach of the Bengal team tomorrow. He has been our U-25 coach and most of the players share a good rapport with Shukla, who has been a fighter all his life. He expected to bring in fresh ideas into the Bengal set-up,” a senior Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) official told PTI on Monday.
After Arun Lal submitted his letter of resignation. Following Bengal’s defeat to Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji semi-finals, the CAB brass made the choice.
“Raman has accepted the offer. He would be a part of various camps but won’t be available during the tournament. As that was the flexibility that both parties agreed to. CAB president Avishek Dalmiya had called Raman and asked him if he is available. And he instantly agreed to don the consultant’s hat,” the official said.
“Raman has worked as Bengal’s head coach in two different stints and he is very familiar with the set-up. He is basically going to replace VVS Laxman, who was the head of Bengal’s Vision 20-20 programme,” he added.
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