Haladhar Das to lead Odisha in Ranji

Cuttack: Under new coach Debasis Mohanty, Orissa today handed the captaincy baton to promising wicketkeeper batsman Haladhar Das who will lead the side in the upcoming Ranji Trophy Super League.  25-year-old Das, who led Orissa T20 side last season, will lead a young 16-member squad that will have Subit Biswal, Paresh Patel, Dhiraj Singh and Basant Mohanty as senior players.

The former India seamer Mohanty, who captained the Orissa Ranji side along with Shib Sundar Das, was recently appointed coach after their dismal show in the zonal Twenty20 for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy where they failed to make it to the main round. Former Australian batsman Bevan was Orissa coach at the start of the 2011-12 season.

Orissa find themselves in a tough group A featuring defending champions Rajasthan, heavyweights Mumbai, Karnataka, Saurashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Railways. The squad has been picked for Orissa`s Ranji opener against Saurashtra at the Barabati Stadium from November 3-6.

The squad: Haladhar Das (c & wk), Natraj Behera (v-c), Bikash Swarup Pati, Sumitosh Praharaj, Paresh Patel, Biplab Samantray, Abhilash Mallick, Deepak Behera, Basanta Mohanty, Alok Sahoo, Jayanta Behera, Alok Mangraj, Preetamjeet Das, Dhiraj Singh, Subit Biswal, Subhrajit Sahu. Coach: Debasis Mohanty.