Mohanty inducted into national junior selection committee

Prior to this, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman had declined the offer citing personal reasons.

Debasish Mohanty has been inducted into the national junior selection committee.   -  V. Ganesan

Former India fast bowler, Debasish Mohanty, has been inducted into the national junior selection panel. This has been done in line with the Supreme Court order passed on August 9.

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) which informed the Odisha cricketer on Friday evening about the new role, had submitted names to be considered for the role to the Cricket Advisory Committee following the Supreme Court order which asks for a five-member selection panel.

“It is a different kind of responsibility and I will try my best to deliver,” Mohanty told Sportstar.

Having played in 45 ODIs for India, between 1997 and 2001, Mohanty is looking forward to the new challenge. “To be honest, this is something new for me and I will try to perform my duties with full sincerity,” he said.

The Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) had named him as the coach for the upcoming Ranji Trophy season. But now, with the new responsibility coming his way, Mohanty has already sent his resignation to the association. “I have informed the OCA that it will not be possible for me to continue,” Mohanty said.

With Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly all declining the offer citing personal reasons, Mohanty was chosen as the fifth member of the selection panel. It has been learnt that Tendulkar declined as his son Arjun is a contender for junior India selection, while Ganguly is the CAB president and Laxman is a mentor with IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Ashish Kapoor came back in the panel earlier this year, alongside Amit Sharma. After Venkatesh Prasad’s resignation, Mohanty is being brought in.  The other two members of the panel are Gyanendra Pandey and Rakesh Parikh.

The new selection panel will select the junior side for a Quadrangular tournament in Kolkata from September 9. This will be followed by the U-19 Asia Cup in Dhaka from September 27.