Chandrakant Pandit
Chandrakant Pandit (centre) has guided Vidarbha to two straight Ranji titles (PTI Photo)

Vidarbha coach Chandrakant Pandit is reportedly set to announce that he’s stepping down from the post due to health reasons and to spend more time with his family.

It was only in January this year that Pandit guided Vidarbha to a second straight Ranji Trophy title as they became the sixth team to defend the crown. Later, they also beat Rest of India in the Irani Cup which made them the third team do so in two straight seasons.

“He has decided to move on and take a break, and he wants to spend time with his family which is something he hasn’t done for past two years,” The Indian Express quoted a source as saying on Friday.

As per the report, the 57-year-old Pandit had already informed the Vidarbha Cricket Association of his intentions at the end of the season.

However, the board requested him to reconsider his decision which eventually remained unchanged. “He had already informed the VCA about this a long time back, and he will make the final announcement soon,” the source added.

Vidarbha had a lukewarm start to the Ranji season before crawling their way back to beat Saurashtra in the finale.

Pandit, who played five Tests for India, was named Vidarbha coach in 2017 and in his second year in charge, led them to a maiden Ranji title where they beat. The 2018-19 Rani final was his sixth as coach.