Chandrakant Pandit will assess future as Vidarbha coach, says has received feelers from othershttps://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/chandrakant-pandit-vidarbha-coach-future-5661124/

Chandrakant Pandit will assess future as Vidarbha coach, says has received feelers from others

The former India wicketkeeper, who also guided Vidarbha to back-to-back Irani Trophy triumphs, added that he wants to spend more time with his family.

Vidarbha coach Chandrakant Pandit makes notes about players in his book — a habit he picked up from his late coach Ramakanth Achrekar.

Two-time Ranji Trophy-winning Chandrakant Pandit’s hugely successful tenure at Vidarbha has attracted interest from other state associations and the sought-after coach Friday said he will “assess” his future. The former India wicketkeeper, who also guided Vidarbha to back-to-back Irani Trophy triumphs, added that he wants to spend more time with his family.

“I have come to Nagpur to speak to Vidarbha Cricket Association officials. I will take a call about my future in a day or two. I am having some discussions with them. Let’s see how it turns out,” Pandit told PTI.

“It is true that I want to spend some more time with my family but I have not taken any decision yet.

“I have received feelers through indirect sources. Therefore I don’t know if these are offers unless I am officially contacted by state associations. But yes, there has been some interest shown to avail my services,” the former Mumbai stumper added.

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Pandit has played five Tests and 36 ODIs for India from 1986 to 1992.

Under the guidance of the 57-year-old hard taskmaster, Vidarbha won both the Ranji and Irani trophies in 2017-18 ad 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.

In the past, he has been the India Under-19 coach for a World Cup, and also served as the Under-19 chief selector.