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Mohanty replaces Bevan as Orissa coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 1, 2011

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Michael Bevan meets the Dalai Lama, Kings XI Punjab v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2011, Dharamsala, May 21, 2011
Michael Bevan, who also coached Kings XI Punjab, will not be coaching Orissa during the 2011-12 Ranji season © AFP
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Debasis Mohanty, the former India seamer, has replaced Michael Bevan as coach of Orissa after Bevan had to return to Australia due to a "family problem". Bevan had agreed to coach Orissa for the 2011-12 domestic season in India and began his term when Orissa toured Australia in the pre-season. He then led the team through a poor Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy campaign, where they won just one game, after which he requested permission to go home for 15 days.

The Orissa Cricket Association decided they did not want to have a stop-gap coach so have appointed Mohanty, who has played for Orissa since 1996-97 and has a level one coaching license.

"He [Bevan] had some family problem and wanted to fly home for 15 days. We cannot have somebody as a stop-gap coach so had to part ways," OCA secretary Asirbad Behera told PTI. "Mohanty has already joined the side. He is the best available option."

Mohanty has played 117 first-class games for Orissa, and was named captain last year after Shiv Sunder Das was dropped from the squad. Mohanty played two Tests and 45 one-day international for India between 1997 and 2001.

"He has been associated with Orissa cricketers and knows all of them," Behera said. "He was the obvious choice. He has been given a contract for the whole season."

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Posted by   on (November 2, 2011, 19:59 GMT)

lendl simmons profile is being displayed instead of debasis mohanty when i click on his name..please note this and correct.

Posted by ZIMMYZIMMY on (November 1, 2011, 10:38 GMT)

this is the best weapon for the moment 4 orissa..

Posted by   on (November 1, 2011, 8:59 GMT)

Some observation is going on it seems...Bevo should have some tactic problems with them

Posted by jonesy2 on (November 1, 2011, 8:43 GMT)

sounds like he wasnt treated that well. hope everythings all good bevo you legend come coach back home

Posted by Sachit1979 on (November 1, 2011, 8:18 GMT)

So does it mean that Mohanty would be in team as player cum coach?

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