Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has roped in the Indian domestic stalwart Mithun Manhas as their batting consultant for the U-19 team. Manhas has already joined the team in Dhaka and is looking forward to enhancing batting skills of the players,
“My task will be to enhance batting skills of cricketers; moreover to raise them as good cricketers, my servitude would go to the development of mental skills also. I want to see the young cricketers of this team in the national team and play in the highest position of international cricket,” Manhas was quoted as per by bdcrictime.com.
Manhas’ appointment though has come as a surprise as well. He was a player cum mentor for Jammu and Kashmir team for the season, but as per the reports, he did not travel with the team for their first game to Jaipur. He did not want Parvez Rasool to captain the side as he Manhas himself wanted to play for the state.
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Manhas has now parted ways with Jammu and Kashmir cricket and is all set to play a part in Bangladesh U-19 backroom staff.
This will be the second stint for Manhas with a team as earlier; he has worked as Assistant Coach of Kings XI Punjab. It was said that one of the reasons for Virender Sehwag not becoming coach of the Indian team was that he wanted his core team and Manhas was one of the members of his team.
A veteran of 157 first-class and 130 List A games, Manhas played a total of 17 seasons for Delhi before switching his base in Jammu and Kashmir before the start of 2015/16 season. Before the beginning of the same season, Virender Sehwag too decided to represent his native state Haryana.
Manhas was one of the key players for Delhi along with Rajat Bhatia, upon whom Delhi’s success relied. The right-handed batsman scored 9714 runs at an average of 45.82. He posses a healthy average of 45.84 in List A format as well. However, he did not get a chance to play for India, and he would go down as one of the greatest players who couldn’t play for India.
Manhas would look to have a good start to his coaching career so he can perform the same role with an Indian team as well.