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Row over Lal recruitment

Jamshedpur, June 21: Former Test cricketer Arun Lal's appointment as consultant (coaching) to the state cricket teams seems to come under a cloud thanks to the internal squabbling within the state cricket body.

According to sources in the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA), the mode of Lal's appointment as a consultant (coaching) was not proper and his taking charge of the conditioning camp of the state Ranji and under-22 outfits would probably not materialise.

Some senior officials of the JSCA have not been taken in confidence in appointing Lal.

A faction of the JSCA functionaries are believed to have taken the decision to rope in the former Bengal batsman on their own, a source added on condition of anonymity.

When contacted, a senior JSCA official said Lal has not been appointed yet. 'Let him give his presentation first then we'll decide. We are yet to hear from him about what he has in mind for our cricketers,' he added.

Interestingly, Lal had been invited here by the JSCA earlier this month to offer tips to state under-15 cricket aspirants. The former Test batsman and cricket commentator spent over an hour with the boys and had said he was keen to the offer made by the state cricket body for using his experience to improve the standard of cricket in Jharkhand.

Some of the senior cricket coaches of the city have also questioned the idea of hiring Lal. 'There are experienced coaches in Jharkhand who have earlier worked with the Ranji players. Lal's presence would make things more complicated,' a city-based coach, who is also a former Bihar captain, said.

A senior functionary of the JSCA confirmed that no decision has been taken on Lal's appointment till now. He also said 'some persons who matter' in taking decisions on behalf of the JSCA have not been consulted before a move was made to rope in Lal.

'There were other names which did the rounds,' he added on condition of anonymity. He said no specific assignment has been offered to Lal at present.

'The decision regarding his appointment should have been unanimous. After all, we all are working for the betterment of the game in Jharkhand,' a senior member, who has watched the functioning of the JSCA for a number of years, observed.

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