Rituparna Roy resigns as Vidarbha coach

Rituparna Roy resigns as Vidarbha coach

Vidarbha seionr squad 2019-20. © Rituparna Roy/ Facebook

Rituparna Roy, Vidarbha senior women’s team coach, has resigned from her post before the completion of her two-year contract with the Vidarbha Cricket Association. She signed on as head coach of the team last June, before submitting her resignation on Wednesday (June 17).

Roy, a former Bengal allrounder, and Shrabani Debnath, former Tripura player, were appointed as coaches of the senior and junior teams respectively ahead of the 2019-20 domestic season.

Roy, who had coached the Bengal senior and Under-23 teams to the one-day titles in 2018-19, was unable to produce results with the Vidarbha team. Although the senior squad reached the semi-final of the T20 tournament where they lost to eventual champions Railways, they stumbled in the 50-over format, unable to get past the first round. The Bharti Fulmali-led side won only two of their nine matches in the one-day tournament. They suffered five consecutive losses before rain in their last two games sealed their fate.

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“The cricket committee which routinely meets to discuss the progress was not satisfied with the performance of Rituparna Roy and asked her to tender resignation,” a source in VCA told The Hitavada.

Roy, a BCCI certified Level-B coach and a video analyst, previously worked with Gujarat, Baroda and India A. During her stint with Vidarbha, she worked closely with the senior men's coach, Chandrakant Pandit.

Vidarbha was previously coached by Anju Jain between 2016 to 2018, and enjoyed a successful period under her reign. She oversaw the rise of the likes of Fulmali and Komal Zanzad who were selected in the Indian team for the home series against England in 2019.