Chandrakant Pandit, under whom Vidarbha won back-to-back Ranji Trophy titles, has been appointed head coach of Madhya Pradesh. Pandit was with Vidarbha since the last three seasons, during which he led the team to Ranji Trophy triumphs and subsequently the Irani Cup in 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, making him one of the most successful coaches of India’s premier First-Class tournament. Also Read - BCCI Domestic Calendar: Cricket Board Plans to Start Ranji Season in December; no Irani, Duleep Trophy in 2021
And now he has decided to move to Madhya Pradesh, who failed to reach the knockouts last season having finished 16th. MP have had to frequently change coaches as they previously had three subsequent coaches in Harvinder Singh Sodhi, Devendra Bundela and Abbas Ali. Also Read - Maharashtra: New COVID-19 Variant Found in Vidarbha, Nagpur; BMC Says 'Highly Infectious, Less Lethal'
“Vidarbha played very well. I’ve passed on whatever I could to them, and hopefully, the lessons will stay with them. Coaching MP will be a different challenge,” Pandit told Times of India. Also Read - Wasim Jaffer Rejects Communal Bias in Selection During Stint as Uttarakhand Cricket Team Coach, Denies Calling Maulavi to Offer Namaz at Dehradun Camp
Before the start of the 2019-20 season, Pandit had expressed his desire to leave the Vidarbha Cricket Association, citing family and health reasons for wanting a break. However, a month later, he decided to stay on for another year but could not repeat the success of the last two seasons as Vidarbha finished 7th in Elite Group A and B, with just two wins from eight games.
Pandit boasts a decent amount of coaching experience having been involved with Mumbai, Maharashtra and Kerala in the past before going to the VCA. As a player too, Pandit has turned out for Mumbai, Madhya Pradesh and Assam, playing 138 First-Class matches and scoring more than 8200 runs with 22 hundreds and 42 half-centuries. He played five Tests and 36 ODIs for India.