Following its state team’s dismal showing in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Bengal cricket is in soul-searching mode.

Bengal, the Ranji Trophy runner-up last season, could not progress beyond the group stage in two domestic events held this season. It finished second in its group in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy after securing three wins in five matches. It managed to finish fifth in Elite Group E after winning just two of the five Vijay Hazare engagements.

In the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Bengal’s top run-getter Abhimanyu Easwaran (219 runs) is 53rd in the National list, while the state’s top wicket-taker Shahbaz Ahmed (eight wickets) is 41. It speaks a lot about the side’s overall performance.

Bengal selection committee chairman Shubhomoy Das was disappointed. “We have not performed as a group. The players we banked on did not even perform 50 per cent up to their potential. The main…

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