CAB includes Sports Minister Manoj Tiwary in senior team fitness camp

State Sports Minister Manoj Tiwary, who made his foray into politics in this year’s parliamentary elections, was named among the 39 likely members of the Bengal Cricket Association on Monday.

The former Bengal captain last played the Ranji Trophy final against Saurashtra in March 2020 and was forced to skip the shortened season due to injury.

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Having joined politics earlier this year, however, Tiwary had not ruled out playing cricket.

“I will maintain my physical form. I will wait and see how it goes, but I do not rule out playing a few more games for Bengal,” Tiwary said after winning in the Shibpur district.

The likely seniors of Bengal will have a fitness camp starting July 23.

“Attendance is compulsory. The physical fitness parameters defined by the Association must be respected by all players. The probabilities of the Bengal team will be announced after the fitness camp,” said the secretary of the CAB, Snehasish Ganguly, in a statement.

This season will also mark the return of former skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla to cricket, six years after entering politics.

Shukla will wear the coach cap for the Under-23 team for the first time.

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Bengal previously retained former Indian mainstay VVS Laxman as batting consultant and veteran Arun Lal as head coach.

Sourasish Lahiri has been appointed assistant coach, while former speedster Shib Shankar Paul is the bowling coach of all Bengal teams.

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