‘Weary’ Arun Lal steps down as Bengal coach

Kolkata: East India Cricketer Arun Lal on Tuesday resigned as Bengal coach citing health and personal reasons.

Accompanied by President Avishek Dalmiya in Britain, the 66-year-old visited the Eden Gardens on Tuesday and submitted his resignation to Secretary Snehasish Ganguly.

an official statement from Cricket The Bengal union is awaited, but it is learned that the state body has accepted his resignation.

“Coaching a state team is a tough job and I am getting old. There are nine months of cricket in a year and I am tired. I am getting old and told them that I cannot continue,” Lal said.

“The future is bright for Bengal, I hope they win the title from here,” he said.

According to sources, CAB is already on the lookout for a new coach with the highly successful Chandrakant Pandit, who guided Madhya Pradesh to their maiden Ranji Trophy title this season, and has domestic Laxmi Ratan Shukla on their radar.

After recovering from the deadly cancer, the cricketer-turned-commentator took up the role before the 2018–19 season. The 66-year-old led Bengal to their maiden Ranji Trophy final in 2020 after 13 years.

Under Lal, Bengal maintained their consistency and made it to the semi-finals when the Ranji Trophy returned last season after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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