Tue. Oct 4th, 2022


Former India wicketkeeper-batter Ajay Ratra has been appointed the coach of Uttar Pradesh for the upcoming home season. The forty-12 months-previous Ratra was beforehand associated to Assam, and this time, he is wanting forward to working with the gifted and youthful cricketers of the State.

“It’s a very good alternative, and the Uttar Pradesh Cricket affiliation has a very good bunch of gamers, and that i am wanting forward to working with them and sharing my experiences and channelising all issues in a single route,” Ratra instructed  Sportstar.

Earlier, there have been stories that the UPCA was taking a look at appointing homegrown coaches for the season, however in its apex council meeting on Tuesday, it was decided that Ratra shall be given the obligation. final season, the staff was coached by Vijay Dahiya.

With Uttar Pradesh set to play its Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy matches in Jaipur from subsequent month, Ratra does not have a lot time in hand, however he is assured of reaching success. “there’s not a lot time left, however UP has some different matches lined up, and as quickly as the squad is finalised, i will focus on with the administration and see if we’re ready to have friendlies in opposition to simply a few completely different state teams. however that’s nonetheless beneath dialogue, and we try to search out out whether or not that’s possible,” Ratra mentioned.

a quantity of the gamers from UP featured inside the Duleep Trophy and the India A squads these days, and Ratra feels that regardless of the exact incontrovertible actuality that the codecs are completely different, these experiences will assist the gamers forward of the Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Uttar Pradesh hasn’t obtained a Ranji Trophy for the motive that 2005-06 season, and the affiliation hopes that Ratra’s presence will assist. the earlier cricketer comes with sturdy recommendations from the nationwide Cricket Academy head VVS Laxman for his teaching acumen.

“i am at the second pursuing a diploma-III teaching course from the NCA, so as that has additionally helped by approach of knowledge. all by my stint with NCA, I labored with simply a few UPCA cricketers, so i’ve recognized most of them, and that i really feel that can assist me get accustomed,” Ratra mentioned.

he is anticipated to attain Kanpur quickly to hitch the staff for a preparation camp forward of the season.



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