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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 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.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 16:08 GMT)

nice effort from dada, but these corrupt board will never use him as cricket administrator. and @vipinchirackal - before commenting on bengal pacer just check their performance in just completed Ranji season. And if u tell they can't perform at international level, same is very much true for ur one and only Vinay Kumar beaten at the pulp at international level. remember australia odi. just check info before u comment

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

It is not quite best coaches at the grassroots level but still excellent decision and what's even better is the screening camp, hopefully they will welcome non-professionals too. Hopefully boards across the country follow this template

Posted by IndTheBest on (March 11, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

Very wise decision by Bangal Cricket Association. BCCI must learn from them.

Posted by pull_shot on (March 11, 2014, 13:06 GMT)

That's dada for u hats off why he is not made Indian cricket coach

Posted by MWaqqar on (March 11, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

Now cricket has so much cash available that a provincial team can hire separate coaches for spin and fast bowling. The way things are going we are going to see separate coaches for off spin, leg spin, SLA.

Posted by pvwadekar on (March 11, 2014, 11:44 GMT)

why do the bowling coaches like Waqar and Murali need assistant bowling coaches ? What does an assistant coach do anyway ? Waste of money.

Posted by luvmyindia on (March 11, 2014, 11:32 GMT)

Very wise decision by Sourav,i am from bengal and i would like to see good pace bowlers emerging from the land of bengal,land of didi's MAA MATI MANUSH... BCCI should learn from this step of sourav,BCCI should bring Wasim Bhai as coach of India,and if Pak want some of our batting legends like VVS Laxman can coach their batsman.This step should be great for world cricket....

Posted by Udendra on (March 11, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

why does a domestic team need so many high profile coaches? Waste of money.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 10:52 GMT)

murali the legend....woow

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 10:14 GMT)

Positive step. well done DADA

Posted by vipinchirackal on (March 11, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

but bengal doesnt have any promising pace bowlers.i feel states like karnataka or kerala should have used the service of waqar because they have good taltented pace bowlers.this is high time india tried for the servie of akram or donald as the bowling coach

Posted by curator2askCaptain on (March 11, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

Well it is a very Welcome News...but it also shows that all is not well as far as future thinking is concerned from BCCI. Why Don't the coaches (Waqar/Murali) are available for all the domestic teams?? I mean they should be available to whoever wanted to get help on their bowling.... It shows that Ganguly is proactive enough to get it arranged for Bengal but he could convince BCCI to do it on a National-scale. I am sure Ganguly must have proposed this to BCCI..Ganguly (the captain) would think of country first than of his own state...I think. But as they say "we better start from somewhere" instead of looking for a better start....cheers to all involved...

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

wow that is really strange to know that domestic team has appointed 2 of the bowling greats of game.

Posted by akshayasiri on (March 11, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

Really a good news and all the best to Bengal team. Hope young lads will learn some good tricks from these two legends. Can't stop appreciating Ganguly's initiative for this. BCCI please learn from BCA.

Posted by ExplicitPlatinum on (March 11, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

Felt a bit weird reading this today. So both Wasim and Waqar have coached IPL teams and the bowlers have benefitted a lot from that. Now as a Pak fan, I believe it is perfectly acceptable for either of these options: Tendulkar to coach Umar Akmal, Sehwag to coach Sharjeel Khan, Dravid to coach Azhar Ali, Sourav to become head coach of Pakistan, VVS Laxman to coach the middle order Pak batsmen. I think it's perfectly acceptable to see this from now on since Pak legends can coach Indian bowlers, whereas on the other hand, Indian legends can coach the Pak batsmen. No issues here after reading this article.

Posted by CricketMaan on (March 11, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

A great step, but the irony is Shami won't get to work with Waqar and Dinda is out of favour. I guess V Malik will benefit? Waqar worked briefly with Ishant last year, but i guess Ishant didnt learn anything from neither Waqar or Steyn. I hope Bengal will make the most of thier experience.

Posted by ultimatewarrior on (March 11, 2014, 7:34 GMT)

A very welcome step and shows the positive thinking of Saurav Ganguly. Futher Mohd Shami can also get benefitted from the Waqar's Experience...

I strongly feels that it need to be followed by other State Teams of India and since Bengal are first, wishes them to produce FIRST INDIAN version of Waqar/Dale Steyn/Mitchell Johnson from Bengal...

Thx Dada/Waqar/Muralitharan to show the way...

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 7:33 GMT)

Shami is better of playing for Bengal now until the world cup, given the quality of support staff around Bengal now is way better than India's.

Posted by Maliduke on (March 11, 2014, 7:33 GMT)

Grt choice weldone DADA, we in India always playing the game in conventional fashion. These two will develop some Uniqueness in the players talent. Im Hopeful that these two will produce some unorthodox but grt talent to the Much needed Indian bowling lineup.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 11, 2014, 7:05 GMT)

This is good news for the state. Bengal have some really good players coming through the ranks who could make it big in terms of national selection. I hope other states follow suit and appoint some big names to help their players.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 7:02 GMT)

thats a very positive news !! Would have great if BCCI had appointed them for all India Level !! But nevertheless very good start,, slowly it can be taken next level !! hail Dada !!!

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