Lockdown has brought a pause to the world. Cricket seems no different. While the game has taken a hit on the field, there seems to be nothing too big for the administrators. Fans, too, have been interested in the working of cricket boards like never before. IPL and bilateral events come through the doors of boards like BCCI and others like CA and ECB. We have reported extensively about the vibrancy of domestic circuit.
Domestic Cricket Boards in India have been active and umpteenth of updates have made their way to fans. A recent one comes from Bengal. According to reports, the coach of the senior women’s team was given additional responsibility for the under-23 side. Shib Shankar Pal had been actively engaged with Bengal’s women’s side and was given the additional role on Sunday.
In a statement issued by the Cricket Association of Bengal, Pal says that “I am thankful to president Avishek Dalmiya, secretary Snehasish Ganguly and other office bearers for keeping faith in me. I will give my best and prepare the girls for the trophies. My aim is to become champion with both U-23 and senior Bengal Women’s team”.
He further added that “I think it’s great to have the opportunity to train both age groups as we will be able to look after the players from U-23 and prepare them for senior level. The idea is to build a strong bonding and play together as a family”.
Pal had been presiding over the role of head coach for the past year. He will be assisted by Chiranjit Singh and Rituparna Roy. The assignment brings a dual role for Bengal. We had reported about Rituprana Roy recently. She had been associated with the Vidarbha side as U-23 and senior side. She said that “I am excited to be a part of it. I always wanted to get back and work with my home team. Playing and practicing with the senior players will boost the confidence of the junior players. We will aim to become champions in both age groups”.
Bengal seems to have the service of experienced coaches in their camp. It is essential to have the best in the business for local cricketing settings. The infusion of resources at the local level of the game is essential for the growth of the game as we would like to see it.