Kolkata: The Jagmohan Dalmiya-headed Cricket Association of Bengal today roped in Mohinder Amarnath as the consultant to revive the fortunes of the team that will fight it out in the Plate Division in the Ranji Trophy this season.
"After toying with the idea of a consultant and coach for Bengal seniors team, we've finally agreed on to appoint a consultant (Amarnath). Details about Amarnath's job profile will be worked out in due course. As a consultant he need not stay for the entire season but he'll be available depending upon his other commitments," Dalmiya said.
Dalmiya, who carried out his first working committee meeting after he made a comeback at the CAB thrashing Prasun Mukherjee, said his main aim was to bring Bengal into the Elite Division.
"We'll do our best to bring back Bengal into the Elite Division. Initially, after taking over, we faced a problem in which most of the seniors wanted to leave the state. They felt that by representing Bengal in Plate Division chances to make the national or India A side will be less which is a genuine reason," he said.
"We had to convince them and then seven players (Manoj Tiwary, Ranadeb Bose, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Ashok Dinda, Wriddhiman Saha and Saurashish Lahiri) pledged to play for Bengal and give their best shot to bring back the glory days... It was a very touchy gesture from them."
Dalmiya also said "Chinmay Roy will be the trainer, P R Shrinivas Rao the physio, whle Prabir Mukherjee will be the curator. There will be no additional support staff for the coach... One coach will be good enough for Bengal."
Amarnath, who is currently in UK, told an English channel;, "I'm looking forward to give the boys as much time as possible. It will be great if I can help Bengal out in any possible way."
Asked if it was tough for Dalmiya to convince him, once considered as Team India coach before Greg Chappell was picked, the former India all-rounder said, "I know Dalmiya for a long time... And he wanted me to look after Bengal especially after their poor performance last year.
"I'm very happy to be associated with Bengal. I'll be come to Kolkata some time in September and then we'll discuss how to go about the forthcoming season."
Amarnath will also be the consultant for district and women's cricket, besides the seniors, said Dalmiya at Eden Gardens here today.
The 57-year-old will work in tandem with a full time coach who will be picked up from among the local circuit after discussing with the players.