Rajesh Borah to coach Assam Ranji squad

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By IMTIAZ AHMED in Guwahati
  • Published 10.06.08
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Guwahati, June 10: Former first class cricketer and Assam Cricket Academy chief coach Rajesh Borah is all set to succeed BCCI Level III coach Sanath Kumar K. as coach of the Assam Ranji squad in the ensuing season.

The technical committee of the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) nominated Borah’s name after a meeting here on Sunday.

The meeting, chaired by technical committee chairman Rupkamal Kakati, was convened to discuss and finalise recruitment of a coach and outstation professionals for the season ahead.

The technical committee was empowered by the governing body at its meeting in Hojai recently to recruit the coach and players in consultation with special invitees having relevant knowledge on such matters.

Sources in the ACA said the technical committee unanimously decided to hand over the Ranji squad to a local coach for a year and recruit only “impressive profile” outstation professionals to represent the state in the season ahead.

The resolution will, however, be subject to ratification by the governing body.

“The panel, which also comprised Borah himself, were unanimous that Borah should shoulder the additional responsibility of the Ranji team apart from his duty as chief coach of the academy,” the source said.

Borah was the coach of the Assam team in 2000-01 when Assam booked an elite group berth in the 2001-02 season. The officials present at the meeting felt that Borah’s familiarity with each and every player of the state would serve as an additional advantage in handling the squad.

Sanath Kumar had been associated with the squad since the past three years.

Sushanta Biswa Sarma, Pritam Konwar, Sazzad Zaheer Hussain and few others as special invitees along with ACA office bearer Umananda Bora and Sanatan Das also attended the meeting.

“The meeting decided that the outstation professional players, if ever recruited, will have to bear a profile above the stature of the average players of the state. Names like those of Venugopal Rao, Amal Majumdar, Niraj Patel, J. Arunkumar, S. Suresh and few others came up during the meeting and it was resolved that the players concerned will be corresponded with,” the source said.

The players have been impressive since the last domestic season as well as in the recent Indian Premier League.

The sources further added that a five-member panel has been constituted with Kakati, Borah, Sarma, Umananda Bora and Achyut Borthakur to contact, scrutinise and finalise recruitment of the professional players.

The panel was formed after Borah reportedly refused to shoulder the responsibility alone after he was blamed for the poor performance of the outstation players last season. He was empowered by the governing body to recruit the players last year.

About recruitment of foreign players, as proposed recently by a section of office bearers, the sources said efforts were made to find an international player of such stature who could double as a coach for the team.

However, the plan had to be aborted because of unavailability of players as most of them had hectic seasons ahead and would not be able to devote time for the Ranji Trophy tournament.