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A file photo of Ashok Malhotra © Getty Images

Kolkata: Jul 22, 2013

Former India cricketer and Bengal skipper Ashok Malhotra, who has played seven Tests and 20 One-Day Internationals (ODI) from 1982-86, has been named as the new Bengal Ranji team coach on Monday.

Malhotra has played for Bengal and Haryana in domestic cricket and is one of the highest run-scorers in Ranji Trophy.

Malhotra is one of the few Level Three coaches in India and has a cricket coaching centre, which has around 300 students.

Earlier, WV Raman resigned as the head coach of Bengal.

Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) joint secretary said, “Raman called up yesterday (Saturday) and cited family commitments for his non-availability.”

Malhotra was short-listed with 1983 World Cup-winning cricketer Balwinder Singh Sandhu and Saurashtra coach Debu Mitra for the post of the coach..