New Delhi: Odisha’s former India player, seamer Debashis Mohanty has been inducted into the BCCI junior selection panel in line with the Supreme Court Order passed, August 9. Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai confirmed development.
“We have appointed Debashis Mohanty as the fifth member of the junior selection panel. Since SC order states that it needs to be five-member panel, we had given the names to Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC),” Rai said Friday.
“However Sachin (Tendulkar), Sourav (Ganguly) and VVS Laxman all declined as they had their own reasons. So among the list of names available we saw Debashis had the maximum international experience. So he has been appointed,” Rai informed.
Mohanty has played 45 ODIs for India between 1997 and 2001. He played the 1999 World Cup in England.
Ashish Kapoor and Amit Sharma have made a comeback to the panel. Since one vacancy was still left after Venkatesh Prasad’s resignation, we needed to fill it up at earliest,” Rai informed. The other two members of the panel are Gyanendra Pandey and Rakesh Parikh.
Debashis is the second cricketer from Odisha to be chosen to the BCCI selection committee. Earlier Ranjib Biswal had been a member of the senior selection panel.