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Raman blames it on local league

Calcutta: Bengal coach Woorkeri Raman has found a reason for Bengal’s consistently pathetic performance in this season’s Ranji Trophy… It’s the CAB local league structure.

According to Raman, the difference in standard between a local league game and a first-class match is so wide that most of the players find it difficult to cope with the pressure when they thrown into the cauldron.

“The results would suggest that we failed to put up enough runs on the board. This means that the batsmen didn’t play well. The reason for the poor performance is they were not able to concentrate. This is because the local league games are played for two days and the first-class games are played for four days. So the intensity is different. That’s also the reason behind our success in the shorter formats,” Raman told a media conference at the Eden on Friday.

Fingers are pointed at Raman for Bengal’s poor performance. Asked about his reaction, Raman said: “The world would be boring if everyone is as mature as I am.”

Meanwhile, Hyderabad coach Sunil Joshi was miffed at not being provided with the desired practice pitch. Hyderbad’s practice pitch was wet and so he wanted it to be changed.