Indian domestic news August 26, 2009

Binny to seek Ganguly's advice for Bengal success

Cricinfo staff
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Newly-appointed Bengal coach Roger Binny has said he would seek the advice of former India captain Sourav Ganguly for ensuring success in the upcoming Ranji Trophy.

The 54-year-old former India medium-pacer, who replaced Utpal Chatterjee from the last season, had a drill session with the Bengal probables at Eden Gardens.

Binny said he already had a word with former coach Bharat Arun, under whose reign Bengal were relegated to the Plate League in the 2007-08 season. "I have already spoken to Bharat Arun and Mohinder Amarnath [last season's consultant] before coming here," Binny told PTI. "Next week, I plan to speak to [Sourav] Ganguly and seek his advice."

Binny said he has also picked up a few pointers after viewing the quarter-final match [against Tamil Nadu] that Bengal lost last season, after gaining promotion to the Super League. "I feel our batsmen played one-day like shots...They seemed to be in a hurry and played too many shots. I think that's one thing we can improve upon."

He also welcomed the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) players who are back in the domestic fold after availing the BCCI's amensty offer. "It's a positive move and we will have the experienced playes back in the side. But they will have to fight their way back."