After its dismal performance in recently concluded East Zone leg of Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 meet at Jamshedpur in which Orissa could not qualify for the all-India T20 knock out stage, heads were sure to roll in Orissa cricket coaching and training.
And it happened just two days after Orissa was thrashed by Bengal to be knocked out from the knock-out stage on Monday when Orissa chief coach Michael Bevan on Wednesday left for his native in Australia leaving a gloomy Orissa team in the midst of an important domestic season.
While Orissa Cricket Association administrators claim that Bevan had to go for a pressing personal problem back at home, whispers are heard in OCA corridors that Bevan was shown the door for the State team's Jamshedpur debacle.The axe did not fall on Bevan alone.
His hand-picked technical director H K Murali of Karnataka was also asked to put in his papers by the OCA mandarins which goes on to indicate that the cricket administrators of the State were not happy with Bevan & Co.
State coach appointed
OCA however, on a face-saving attempt on Thursday appointed former India speedster Debashis Mohanty as State coach for the forthcoming Ranji season.
“Since Michael Bevan asked for a three-week leave to attend his ailing daughter in Australia, we had to relieve him for the entire season and appoint Debashis Mohanty as the coach in his place”, said OCA secretary Asirbad Behera adding that during these three weeks Orissa has three important matches on the cards.
Bevan was appointed Orissa coach in January this year and his tenure was to end in February 2012.