Finally Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) officials succeeded in convincing former Indian stumper Chandrakant Pandit to continue as Vidarbha Ranji coach. The VCA Executive Committee in its meeting held on Friday approved the appointment of Channdrakant Pandit as coach of the Vidarbha Ranji team for the coming season.
The Executive Committee also approved the appointments of Trevor Gonsalves as coach for the Under-23 Team,Usman Ghani as coach for the Under-19 Team and Ranjeet Paradkar as coach for the Under-16 Team for the coming season. The appointments ofWasim Jaffer and Ganesh Satish were also approved as professional players of Vidarbha for the coming season.
Under the guidance of the 57-year-old hard taskmaster, Vidarbha won both the Ranji and Irani trophies in 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. He was involved in his 11th Ranji final — sixth as coach — when Vidarbha took on Saurashtra in the final earlier this year.After featuring in five Ranji finals — four for his home team Mumbai and one for Madhya Pradesh — during his 21 seasons in first-class cricket, Pandit has done one better in his second avatar as coach.