The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) had earlier announced that Arun Lal would continue to be the Chief Coach of the Senior Bengal Team for the 2021-2022 season.
Today, the CAB announced certain other appointments of the Coaching Staffs:
1) Sourasish Lahiri has been promoted as assistant coach of the Senior Bengal Team considering his performance as a Coach at the U23 Bengal Men’s Team.
2) Former International Cricketer and Former Bengal Captain, Laxmi Ratan Shukla is set to be appointed as U23 Bengal Team Coach and the same is being finalised.
3) Former Bengal Speedster, Shib Shankar Paul has been appointed as the bowling coach for all the Bengal Squads.
In addition to above, contract of Former Indian Stalwart, VVS Laxman, which was expiring in October 2021 as the Batting Consultant, has been extended till March 2022. Utpal Chatterjee would continue to be the spin bowling coach for all the Bengal squads.
As far as Women’s Coaching Staffs are concerned, Rituparna Roy would be the head Coach while Charanjit Singh would be the Assistant Coach of the Bengal Senior Women’s Team.
“On behalf of the Association, I wish the Former Cricketers who have been given newer responsibilities all the best and am confident that they would be able to use their wealth of experience to help Bengal Cricket earn laurels in the forthcoming domestic season,” said CAB President Avishek Dalmiya.
“We have made some new appointments keeping in mind their merit and talents. We want Bengal cricket to shine and we have made changes that we deemed fit to that end. We wish the new appointees all the best and hope they can get the best out of the various Bengal teams,” said CAB Secretary Snehashis Ganguly.
The Association would notify the other appointments as and when the same is finalised.
Quotes of the Coaching Staff:
Bengal Chief Coach Arun Lal on Sourashis:
“I am very happy with his appointment. He is honest, hardworking, focussed and driven. He has been with the U23 boys for three seasons and he knows them very well. I know him personally and like him, he has been a spectacular cricketer for Bengal. I am looking forward to working with him.”
Sourasish Lahiri on being appointed Asst Coach to senior team:
“I have played for Bengal from U13 stage. I have always tried to give the best for Bengal, but the CAB has given me back many times more. The way I smoothly transitioned from being a player to coach would not have been possible without Dadi (Sourav Ganguly) and Avishek Dalmiya. Then Snehashis (Ganguly) da always encouraged me and asked me to give the best. It is a great honour to be the assistant coach of Bengal and work alongside an iconic personality like Arun Lal. I will try to repay my faith by giving my best,”
Shib Shankar Paul on being appointed Bowling Coach:
“I have always loved to take up challenge and give my best with utmost honesty. I did the same as Mizoram coach, Bengal Women’s Team coach. I am going to do the same as the bowling coach– spot, hone and bring out talents. I will also try to get out of the Bengal bowlers so that they shine at the national stage. I am indebted to CAB for giving me this opportunity.”
Reacting to his appointment former International cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla:
“Let’s work together. Looking forward.”