Gursharan Singh's Uttarakhand move puts Arunachal Pradesh in a spot

With Gursharan Singh moving out, Arunachal Pradesh needs to look for an alternative soon.

File photo of Gursharan Singh (right) as coach of India Blue in Duleep Trophy, last year.   -  B. Jothi Ramalingam

Gursharan Singh’s decision to join Uttarakhand as the coach, has left Arunachal Cricket Association (ACA) in a lurch. With just a few weeks left for the domestic season to begin, the association — which had decided to continue with Gursharan — now plans to write to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), seeking help in looking for a substitution.

“We are surprised to hear that he has joined Uttarakhand, because he had told that he would continue with us this season,” ACA secretary, Kabak Geda, told Sportstar.

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The secretary claimed that they had formally informed Singh about his contract renewal on August 22.

“But yesterday, he sent an email saying that he won’t be able to continue due to some personal reasons. If he doesn’t want to continue, then we have to look for other options,” Geda added.

With the Vijay Hazare Trophy set to begin on September 24, there is not much time left, and searching for a new coach could take a bit more time. “Now, with him not around, we don’t know how will we manage things in such a short notice,” Geda said.

This season, Arunachal has roped in Samarth Seth, Rahul Dalal and Shashwat Kohli as three outstation guest players.

However, a top BCCI official said that this season, the associations will have to independently appoint coaches. “Since nine new teams debuted last year, the Board had decided to help them out by providing coaching staff. But this time, every association has to manage on their own. We don’t have a say on who they appoint,” the official said. He, however, admitted that they will look into the matter once they officially receive any letter from the ACA.