Former India women’s coach WV Raman appointed batting consultant of Bengal Ranji team

During WV Raman’s tenure as the head coach of India women’s team, the side reached the finals of the T20 World Cup 2020. India lost the final to Australia by 85 runs at the MCG.

WV Raman with India women’s cricket team. (Courtesy: Getty Images)


  • Bengal lost the Ranji semi-final to Madhya Pradesh
  • Bengal coach Arun Lal has tendered his resignation
  • India women reached T20 World Cup 2020 finals during Raman’s tenure

Former India women’s cricket team coach and retired India opener WV Raman has been named as the batting consultant of the Bengal Ranji team for the upcoming season.

Raman will be joined by former Bengal captain Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who has been appointed as the team’s new coach.

The decision was taken by the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) after Arun Lal tendered his resignation following Bengal’s semi-final loss to Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy.

“Raman has accepted the offer. He would be a part of various camps but won’t be available during the tournament as that was the flexibility that both parties agreed to. CAB president Avishek Dalmiya had called Raman and asked him if he is available, and he instantly agreed to don the consultant’s hat,” a senior Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) official told PTI on Monday.

“Raman has worked as Bengal’s head coach in two different stints and he is very familiar with the set-up. He is basically going to replace VVS Laxman, who was the head of Bengal’s Vision 20-20 programme.

“Shukla will be appointed the chief coach of the Bengal team tomorrow. He has been our U-25 coach and most of the players share a good rapport with Shukla, who has been a fighter all his life. He is expected to bring in fresh ideas into the Bengal set-up,” the official added.

Raman was earlier appointed as India women’s team head coach. During his tenure, India reached the T20 World Cup 2020 finals, where they suffered a 85-run defeat at the hands of Australia at the MCG.

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