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Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of former Indian cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla as senior coach for the upcoming season. Announcing the appointment, CAB President Avishek Dalmiya said in an official statement: “I am extremely pleased to announce our own Laxmi Ratan Shukla as the new senior Bangladeshi team coach. The decision will be taken unanimously by all office holders as we announce the veteran selected as the most deserving of the other reputed contenders for the slot.
“I am hopeful that Bangladeshi cricket will reach greater heights under him as we all know his dedication to Bengali cricket. He can connect very smoothly with the players,” he added.
CAB also confirmed the appointment of WV Raman as batting consultant.
“Sourashis Lahiri would continue in his position as assistant coach of the Senior Bengal team given his achievements in the recent past. Veteran cricketer and former Bangladeshi coach WV Raman has been appointed as batting consultant,” Dalmiya said.
He also said that training for the senior Bangladeshi team would start at the earliest.
Earlier, during the press conference, Laxmi Ratan Shukla said: “First of all, thanks to CAB President Avishek Dalmiya, Secretary Snehasish Ganguly, Vice President Naresh Ojha, Jt Secretary Debabrata Das and Treasurer Debasish Ganguly for considering me for this opportunity. is a new responsibility and I will do my best as I did when I played for Bengal.”
“I like to take on new challenges. All the past coaches for Bengal have done a fantastic job for the team. We have come close to winning trophies in the past, but we will have to climb all the way again to reach the top in the new season,” he added.
“I learned a lot from Sourav Ganguly during my playing days, he always told us to keep it short and simple and I’ve always tried to follow that. I think our players are fair like our association and anyone can do that. We will all doing our best to advance Bengali cricket,” he continued.
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