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Arun Lal Appointed Bengal Ranji Team's Mentor

PTI |October 23, 2018, 11:12 PM IST
Arun Lal Appointed Bengal Ranji Team's Mentor

Kolkata: Amid speculation on the future of Sairaj Bahutule as Bengal coach, former Indian opener Arun Lal was appointed mentor of the Ranji Trophy team on Tuesday.

Bahutule was conspicuous by his absence during Bengal Ranji Trophy team probables' preparation camp that began at the Jadavpur University second campus ground under CAB Vision 2020 consultant VVS Laxman on Monday.

Bahutule was not available for a comment and nobody could confirm whether he's willing at all to join the team as a statement from CAB announced that Lal was appointed mentor.

Former Bengal captain Lal, who represented India in 16 Tests and 13 ODIs, is a known face on TV as a cricket commentator. He successfully battled jaw cancer recently.

"Sourav Ganguly rang me up and asked if I could help the team and I said, it would be an honour," Lal told Sportstarlive. “It is a great honour where I can contribute to Bengal cricket in a meaningful way and I am pretty happy with the process. I just hope we can put it all together as a team."

The team and the support staff for the first two Ranji Trophy matches will be selected on October 26.

The team plays the first match as an away game against Himachal Pradesh and the second against Madhya Pradesh at home. The team is supposed to leave base on October 29.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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