Shiv Sundar Das appointed Odisha coach

The former India opener replaces former fast bowler Debasish Mohanty.

Shiv Sundar Das has played 23 Tests for India and 180 first-class matches for Odisha.   -  V. Ganesan

Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) on Thursday named former India opener Shiv Sundar Das the coach of the state’s Ranji team. Das replaced former India fast bowler Debasish Mohanty, who had in turn replaced Michael Bevan in 2011.

The OCA at its working committee meeting held in Cuttack on Wednesday also appointed Suresh Kumar, Kulamani Parida and Subrat Behera as coaches of the state’s Under-23, Under-19 and Under-16 men’s teams respectively.

Rashmita Mohanty has been instated as coach for women senior and U-23 teams and Itishree Pattnaik will serve as coach of the women’s U-19 team, said an official of the OCA.

Bishnudev Mohanty took over as the chairman of the selection committee for Ranji and U-22 teams while Deepak Mangaraj will serve as the chairman of the committee for junior U-19 and U-16 teams. Bidhan Chandra Rout has been appointed as the chairman of women’s selection committee, an OCA release said.