Michael Bevan, the former Australia middle-order batsman, has been named coach of the Orissa team for the next season of the Ranji Trophy. Earlier this month, Bevan was also appointed coach of the Kings XI Punjab team for the IPL.
"Bevan has, in principle, agreed to render his service from October 2011 to February 2012," Orissa Cricket Association Secretary Asirbad Behera told reporters in Cuttack. Orissa had a disappointing Ranji campaign in the 2010-11 season, finishing second from bottom in Group B after losing two of their six games and drawing four.
"I will remain accountable to OCA for the performance of the team," Bevan said, adding he was keen on working towards the overall development of cricket in the state.