Laxmi Ratan Shukla
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Bengal U23 coach Laxmi Ratan Shukla has formulated a few stringent rules for the players training under him. The fitness camp for the 60 players under Laxmi Ratan Shukla began on Monday, with the session lasting for more than four hours. The former Kolkata Knight Riders cricketer stated that players must stay away from social media and have short hair.

Even though Laxmi Ratan Shukla had a celebrated domestic career, he could not prosper in the international arena. The 40-year old played only three ODIs way back in 1999, scoring 13 runs and bagging a wicket. However, beyond that, he did not wear the national colours. But he featured for Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders, and SunRisers Hyderabad in 47 games combined and delivered mediocre performances.

Coach Laxmi Ratan Shukla Imposes 'No Social Media, No Hair' Policy For Bengal U-23 Cricketers
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Meanwhile, Laxmi Ratan Shukla has told the members not to post anything on social media, ordering them to maintain discipline. The 40-year old also declared that players have to keep short hair only and learn Bengali for team bonding.

“I have told the boys not to post anything on social media. They have to maintain decorum and discipline. Those with long hair will need to pay a visit to the saloons immediately. Thirdly they will have to learn Bengali for team bonding,” Shukla told the Indian Express.

CAB is very serious about the district games as well as the club games and the association: Laxmi Ratan Shukla

Laxmi Ratan Shukla
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Laxmi Ratan Shukla further claimed he decided to work with the cricketers as the transition from junior to senior team needs to go smoothly. The Bengal-born former cricketer said they are serious about all the games, aiming to produce talents consistently from every corner of the state.

The supply line from junior to senior team is very important and that’s why I have chosen to work with the junior cricketers. I want to see more cricketers coming up from the districts for both boys and girls. CAB is very serious about the district games as well as the club games and the association is doing everything they can for the progress. Now we have to recognize the talents from the districts, keep our eyes open for young talents from every corner of the state,” he added.

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