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Raman to be Bengal cricket team coach

Chennai: Stylish former Test batsman W V Raman will be coach of the Bengal cricket team from September this year after a four year stint as mentor of Tamil Nadu.

Raman, who had coached Bengal in 2001 said he felt the need to take up different challenges, now that the Tamil nadu side is well set. “After four years, a time comes to decide whether you need to continue or not. That is what it is”, he said.

“If you look at it, I sort of revived it and now a young side is doing duty, which can last for another seven eight years. That being the case I thought I will have a change. What could be done to rebuild the Bengal side?”

He said Bengal, which have come up from Plate Grade, has some good youngsters and it would be his endeavour to try and get the team on the right track.

Raman said the basic objective was to mould Bengal players and motivate them to perform better than what they have been doing in the last two seasons. “I am quite positive that I will be able to do that?, he said.

On his ‘comeback’ to Bengal,Raman said that after 2001-02, he stayed out of the job for one year and then did not go back due to various reasons.

“In fact, Bengal wanted me two years ago. I thought I cannot leave Tamil Nadu in the midst of them getting into the groove. I did not want to leave half way through since the job what I wanted to do was not complete.”

Raman said Bengal again approached him and he thought he would give it a shot. “And this is the time to move in and do something about it, facing new challenges,” he said.

On the possibility of former India captain Sourav Ganguly playing the national tournament, Raman felt “he might play one dayers for Bengal, if he is going to play in the IPL net season.”

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