Bhubaneswar-born former Indian fast bowler Debashish Mohanty has been named among the national selectors for the Indian Cricket team. The 44-year-old, who played two Tests and 45 One Day Internationals for India, earlier headed the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) Selection Committee.

The lanky speedster found his success in the limited-overs format as he claimed 57 wickets in 45 ODI matches at an impressive bowling average of 29.15. In the two Test matches, Mohanty managed to claim four wickets.

Mohanty is also part of the junior national selection committee for the last two years.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appointed former Indian fast bowler Chetan Sharma as the head of the five-member panel, including Mumbai’s Abey Kuruvilla, Sunil Joshi (south zone) and Harvinder Singh (central zone) besides Mohanty from Odisha.

“It’s indeed a privilege for me to get an opportunity to serve Indian cricket once again. I am a man of few words and my action will speak louder than words,” Sharma told news agency PTI.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah announced the appointments in a press release, saying: “The committee further recommended Chetan Sharma for the role of chairman of the senior men’s selection committee based on seniority (total number of Test matches).”

“The CAC will review the candidates after a one-year period and make the recommendations to the BCCI,” Shah added.

Mohanty’s first assignment will start when the new selection committee meets to select the squad for India’s home series against England.