India news August 23, 2013

Ganguly to head Bengal's coaching committee

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sourav Ganguly, the former India captain, has been named chairman of Bengal's cricket coaching committee. The committee's primary job will be to organise coaching camps in Bengal to develop the cricketers in the state.

Ganguly was previously head of Bengal's cricket development committee, which included former cricketers Ashok Malhotra and Arun Lal.

According to PTI, Cricket Association of Bengal president Jagmohan Dalmiya said that that particular committee was unnecessary at the moment. "As of now there's no need of cricket development committee," Dalmiya said. "If need be, we will once again call the committee."

Malhotra will take over as coach of the Bengal senior team for the 2013-14 season, replacing former India batsman WV Raman, who had cut his term short last month citing family reasons.

Malhotra, a middle-order batsman, had played seven Tests and 20 ODIs between 1982 and 1986. He was prolific on the domestic scene for Bengal though, at one time the record holder for the most runs in the Ranji Trophy: 7274 at 52.49 with 18 hundreds. After retiring, Malhotra had a run as a Test selector.

Bengal had a poor last season in the Ranji Trophy, winning only one game in eight and losing four to finish seventh out of nine teams in Group A.

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  • RAJARAMAN on August 24, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Ashok Malhotra ... fabulous player against spin but miserable against genuine international pace bowling .... good luck to him

  • Dummy4 on August 24, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    High hopes on Ashok Malhotra. As a batsman he was a treat to watch and was called the new GR Vishwanath in the early 80's.

  • Mahfoozur on August 24, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    I am sure that the Bengal team will perform well under his leadership and many domestic will emerge and do the national service. BCCI should accept his ability and take benefits from him to develop cricket in India.

  • Ramya on August 24, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    People like Ganguly, Dravid, Lakshman, Kumble and in future maybe Sachin and Zaheer must be made part of the BCCI's future coaching or talent groomers. They shud form a team and work in unison for the betterment of cricket in India. These men can contribute to Indian cricket's success, whether or not they are in part of the playing XI.

  • sufiyan on August 24, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Not a bad choice.its good for ashok malhotra insted of criticing players in sahara studios hr will teach them .

  • Abbas on August 24, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    The day is Not Far when Ganguly will be named in the Selection Panel of the Indian Team ! Revolution is needed ...

  • VaRUN on August 24, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    I'm sure under his vigilant eye, gorgeous cover drives for a batsman - mandatory. Being able to bowl off cutters for a seamer, a necessity, shrewd cricketing acumen, a must. Training and fielding drills are optional!

  • Android on August 23, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    he is the right man to take the team like a tiger

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