Sairaj Bahutule to coach Bengal
Sairaj Bahutule, the former India legspinner, has been named coach of Bengal.
"Sourav [Ganguly] called me up to work with the team," Bahutule, who was handed a two-year contract, told ESPNcricinfo. "[Coaching] a Ranji Trophy team is always a challenging job, so I wanted to do that. I wanted to sort of enhance my career as a coach as well, and it's a good team to work with."
Bengal had approached Lalchand Rajput to replace Ashok Malhotra as coach before zeroing in on Bahutule.
Recently, Bahutule had been working with the Mumbai Under-23 team, on the recommendation of newly-appointed Mumbai coach Chandrakant Pandit. "I worked with them [Mumbai U-23s] for two weeks, and then I got this opportunity of taking care of a Ranji Trophy team," Bahutule said. "I hadn't signed anything with the Mumbai Cricket Association." PV Shetty, joint-secretary of the MCA, confirmed that the association will find a replacement for Bahutule.
Forty-two-year-old Bahutule, who featured in two Tests and eight ODIs for India between 1997 and 2003, coached Vidarbha immediately after his retirement from first-class cricket in 2013. He also coached Kerala the following season.
Arun Venugopal is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo