Shib Sankar Paul (L) with BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly and CAB president Avishek Dalmiya (R). © kolkatatoday.com

Bengal senior women’s team coach Shin Sankar Paul was handed an additional role of the U-23 side, Cricket Association of Bengal announced on Sunday (July 5). The responsibility comes in after Paul’s good show in his debut season where took the side to the T20 finals and through the one-day trophy knockouts before the COVID-19 pandemic intervened.

“I am thankful to president Avishek Dalmiya, secretary Snehasish Ganguly and other office bearers for keeping faith in me. I will give my best and prepare the girls for the trophies. My aim is to become champion with both U-23 and senior Bengal Women’s team,” Paul said in a statement issued by CAB.

“I think it’s great to have the opportunity to train both age groups as we will be able to look after the players from U-23 and prepare them for senior level. The idea is to build a strong bonding and play together as a family,” he added. Paul, who has been the head coach of the senior women’s team for the past one year, will be assisted by Charanjit Singh and Rituparna Roy in his new dual role.

Rituparna, who coached Vidarbha U-23 and the senior team last season, said: “I am excited to be a part of it. I always wanted to get back and work with my home team. Playing and practicing with the senior players will boost the confidence of the junior players. We will aim to become champions in both age groups.”