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Waqar, Murali take on coaching roles with Bengal

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March 11, 2014

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Waqar Younis grimaces as Pakistan collapse, New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, January 22, 2011
Waqar Younis had earlier worked with Sunrisers Hyderabad © AFP
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Waqar Younis and Muttiah Muralitharan have been appointed pace and spin bowling consultants respectively for Bengal, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) confirmed after its working committee meeting on Monday. The two have signed three-year contracts with the CAB and will begin working with the players in a four-day camp starting March 15.

Waqar and Murali were recommended by the former India captain Sourav Ganguly. Ranadeb Bose, the former Bengal seamer, will assist Waqar but Murali's assistant is yet to be appointed, after the former left-arm spinner Utpal Chatterjee ruled himself out. Ganguly will coach the batsmen and will be assisted by Bengal coach Ashok Malhotra, Goutam Shome (Jr) and Bengal Under-25 coach Joydeep Mukherjee.

"Everything has been passed. There's confusion over who would be the assistant spin coach," Ganguly was quoted in the Telegraph. "Nonetheless, it'll just be simple cricket coaching with Waqar and Murali and no rocket science.

"The cricketers will be picked from a screening camp. The first phase, beginning from March 15, will consist of 200 players. It will be for 30-35 days under Waqar and Murali, but local coaches will hold the camp throughout the year. The batting clinic will be held separately. I will be available (after the World T20), so we can do it at an appropriate time."

Waqar, the former Pakistan fast bowler, had coached Pakistan before stepping down in September 2011. He joined Sunrisers Hyderabad as a bowling consultant for the 2013 IPL season. Muralitharan, the former Sri Lanka offspinner who's still actively playing in T20 leagues around the world, was appointed as Sri Lanka's spin consultant in February 2013 but only in an advisory capacity.

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Posted by GrindAR on (March 17, 2014, 23:25 GMT)

A good pair of arsenals for a destructive team

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 17:16 GMT)

Fantastic news for the Association. Their bowling and batting coaches are far better than the Indian National set up. Pity that SLC did not sign Murali up full time

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 13:44 GMT)

There you go! These legends should have been coaching the Indian team. But they have appointed some mediocre former first class players who have never bowled in international cricket. Another failure for BCCI. Everything is not about how much money you make but bout how mucj your players are benefiting from it. Something Srinivasan will never learn and is the least credible peron for the bcci's head post.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 12:34 GMT)

really funny this! the coaches of Bengal are some of the all time legends of the game while the national coaches are mediocre former first class cricketers who never even made a mark in a series... keep it u BCCI

Posted by   on (March 12, 2014, 10:12 GMT)

Those who criticize the coaches, sorry to say that they hardly have a knowledge of game. The people who decided are not stupid and they know who is the best and suitable for the team. Unfortunately there are spoiled eggs who are biased and love to pollute environment with the politics. Since they have the venom of hate, jealous, rivalry and animosity in their blood vessels and nature, they will continue to victimize the entertainment aspect of this wonderful website. I think people should not talk about politics at all and also should not allowed to criticize the players, commentators. This can only be stopped if the host of site withholds the comment and does not let it print. This will create a healthy environment for the game lovers.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 23:42 GMT)

Pakistani players can't play in the IPL yet they wanna appoint Pakistanis as coaches.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 20:30 GMT)

Bengal will benefit frm these LEGENDS good luck

Posted by ExplicitPlatinum on (March 11, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

@luvmyindia I don't think VVS is a good swap for Wasim and Waqar, I would want both Tendulkar and Dravid to coach each individual Pak batsmen if Wasim became the coach of India.

Posted by ToTellUTheTruth on (March 11, 2014, 19:03 GMT)

Brilliant. Shami and Dinda will gain more because of this move. Hope Bengal can produce a brilliant off-spinner (half as good as the great will do) to serve India soon.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

Waqar Younis is a rare gem as a bowling coach. Its disappointing to see him not working under pcb as bowling coach given his abilities.

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