WV Raman
WV Raman. Image-ICC

WV Raman, a retired India opener and former coach of the India women’s cricket team, has been appointed as the Bengal Ranji squad’s batting advisor for the forthcoming campaign.

Laxmi Ratan Shukla, a former Bengals captain who has been named the team’s new coach, will work alongside Raman.

Laxmi Ratan Shukla
Laxmi Ratan Shukla [Image-PT]
Wasim Jaffer, the former opener for India and Mumbai, was the CAB’s first option, but he has already accepted the position of coach of the Bangladesh U-19 squad. In the end, the state association settled on Shukla and Ashok Dinda, the two former Bengal stalwarts, after first considering employing a coach from the Indian Premier League, such as Abhishek Nayar or Andy Flower.

Wasim Jaffer
Wasim Jaffer. Image Credits: Twitter

Shukla, who has coached the Bengal U-23 squad and has played in 141 List A games, 137 first-class games, and three ODIs, has advanced naturally, according to a CAB source. The hiring of a younger coach who is well-liked in the locker room will be in line with the state association’s guidelines. 41 years old is the former all-around athlete.

WV Raman has worked as Bengal’s head coach:

The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) chose the new coaching staff after Arun Lal submitted his letter of resignation following Bengal’s Ranji Trophy semifinal defeat to Madhya Pradesh.

“The offer was accepted by WV Raman. The adaptability that both sides agreed to meant that he would participate in several camps, but he will not be available during the competition. Raman immediately agreed to put on the consultant’s hat when CAB president Avishek Dalmiya contacted to ask whether he is available” a senior Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) official told PTI on Monday.

WV Raman
WV Raman. Image-Sportstar

“WV Raman has held the position of Bengal’s head coach twice, and he is quite familiar with the setup. He will essentially take over for VVS Laxman, who oversaw Bengal’s Vision 20-20 program.”

Raman was previously named head coach of India’s women’s team. During his tenure, India advanced to the T20 World Cup 2020 finals, where they were defeated by Australia by an innings and 85 runs at the MCG.

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