Head coach of Bengal, Arun Lal, has said that five or six players from the Bengal team will be representing India National Cricket Team at the international level in the next 2-3 years.
In an interview with Sportskeeda, Lal was asked how many players he feels from the current Bengal setup will play for India A and the India National Cricket Team in the next 2-3 years.
Arun Lal replied by saying that the two main objectives of the Bengal team are to win trophies and prepare a strong supply line for India A and India National Cricket Team. He also mentioned the names of 5 players who he feels deserve national call-ups. He elaborated:
“Lots of them. Bengal cricket has two main objectives at this stage – one is to win major trophies and the other is to prepare a strong supply line for India A and the senior national team. Mukesh Kumar certainly deserves a national call-up. He’s not recognized enough for his performances. Shahbaz Ahmed is close to earning a national call-up.”
“Even Akash Deep has a great chance because he’s the fastest bowler in India at the moment and he moves the ball exceedingly well. In fact, when the ball gets old in the middle overs, he’s as good as any other bowler in the country. Abhimanyu is already there. Among the batters, I think Abhishek Porel is another great prospect. There are five or six of them.”
We’re playing fabulous white-ball cricket – Arun Lal
Meanwhile, Arun Lal, in the same interview, was further asked whether the Bengal’s limited-overs teams are on the right track as 6 players have got Indian Premier League contracts after a long time, to which he responded that the Bengal team have been playing fabulous white-ball cricket. He added that more players from Bengal will be playing in the Indian Premier League in the coming years. He asserted:
“We’re playing fabulous white-ball cricket. We played some special white-ball cricket last year. We couldn’t win any trophies due to some bad luck and inclement weather. I’m satisfied with our white-ball performance. You’ll see that the new players who’re now coming in will only make our white-ball teams better in the next five years. We’ll have more players playing in the IPL, that’s for sure.”
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