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Chandrakant Pandit moves from Vidarbha to MP as head coach

Chandrakant Pandit, the previous India participant and one of the crucial profitable coaches in Indian home cricket, has determined to transfer from Vidarbha to Madhya Pradesh for the 2020-21 season. Pandit had coached Vidarbha to back-to-back triumphs within the Ranji Trophy and Irani Trophy in 2017-18 and 2018-19, having earlier achieved Ranji Trophy success with Mumbai too.

Pandit, who has additionally been in control of Maharashtra and Kerala up to now, mentioned he would all the time have fond recollections of his time with Vidarbha and the help he acquired from the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA), but it surely was time for him to embrace a brand new problem.

“I have coached Vidarbha for three years. Normally I always do my coaching stints for two years or three years. The idea is to always move forward. It’s good to take a new challenge,” Pandit advised ESPNcricinfo. “There is little question I used to be very pleased with Vidarbha – the way in which the group has performed, the way in which I obtained help from the affiliation. From Prashant Vaidya (VCA vice-president and chairman of the cricket growth committee) and Anand Jaiswal (VCA president). So it’s not the rest, however simply to transfer ahead and take a brand new problem. I used to be very pleased with Vidarbha. I respect the help I acquired, and that can all the time be a part of my life.

“I had played for MP for six years in the past. So when they contacted, I accepted. Because I was not going to continue with Vidarbha. It was purely my call, nothing untoward (had happened).”

This yr, MP had been coached by Abbas Ali – the grandson of Mushtaq Ali – with Devendra Bundela being the batting coach and Harvinder Singh Sodhi, who has been the coach of the group beforehand, doubling up as bowling coach and supervisor.

An official with the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association mentioned that it was too early to take a name on whether or not any of final season’s coaches would proceed to be with the group, however confirmed that Pandit had been given a letter of intent to be the MP coach from subsequent season. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown in India, Pandit has not been ready to signal the contract formally but.

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“We’ll have to wait till things improve definitely,” Pandit acknowledged. “Ultimately it’s for the good of everyone (staying indoors for now). We have to take care of that. I’ll definitely be contacting players and drawing up plans. It’s like people who are working from home, I’ll have to do that for now till things get better. I’ll have to start planning for the MP team. Though I may not be able to get in touch with the players personally, but definitely, communication with the association, the secretary is there. I can put forward my plans so they can be ready with that. I’ve been talking to them and they have already told me that let things get better and then we’ll start. At the same time I’ll be trying to figure out what are the things I can do.”

Pandit’s departure from Vidarbha comes on the heels of Wasim Jaffer also announcing his retirement, leaving a little bit of a void when it comes to expertise within the Vidarbha think-tank. Pandit, nonetheless, was assured that the processes put in place would maintain the group in good stead.

“See whatever we have done in the last three years, we have developed a good, young team,” he mentioned. “There was very wholesome competitors created. So I hope they preserve that and proceed it. I’m positive the younger boys coming by way of – the Under-23 aspect has received the CK Nayudu Trophy – they are going to be ready to take it ahead with whoever takes cost.

Vidarbha had come into this Ranji Trophy season as double defending champions, however though they started properly, they faltered halfway by way of, and ended up ending seventh on the mixed Groups A and B desk, the place solely the highest 5 groups make it to the quarter-finals. A loss towards Delhi in the course of the season harm them notably. Vidarbha declared on 330 for 3, with the lead being 347, to set Delhi a steep chase. It was a declaration made with the intent of going for full factors moderately than enjoying secure and getting solely first-innings lead factors, however Delhi had an impressed fourth-innings chase led by Nitish Rana’s 105* off 68 balls they usually hunted down the target.

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