Dinesh Mongia, a Former Indian Cricketer has been selected as the head coach of Arunachal Pradesh ahead of the domestic season.
The 44-year-Dinesh, in 2019 resigned from all forms of cricket, declared for the development of Sportstar.
Dinesh Moglia’s statement
“There will be a challenge for sure. These young players are slightly lagging, so with my experience and knowledge, I will help these guys improve their game and hopefully, in a year or two, I can give you some good results,” Mongia said.
The Cricketer was part of India’s 2003 World Cup side that reached the final.
Dinesh faces ban by the BCCI
For the last time, he played for India in an ODI, before entering the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL) and thereafter facing a ban by the BCCI.
However, The cricketer Mongia did not play any international games. Later, even though the ICL players were given amnesty by the BCCI.
Yet, he returned to the fold as Punjab named him a selector in 2017.
A classy batsman, in October 1995 Mongia made his U19 debut for Punjab and in 1996 made rapid progress to earn 1st class debut. However, in Pune, Dinesh made his debut for India against Australia and played 57 ODIs and a lone T20I in 2001.
Looking forward to the opportunity
“I have to create a formula to make them understand what real cricket is. Arunachal and some northeast states don’t have very good infrastructure right now, but I need to get them to the ground and get the results. It is a challenge for sure, but I am looking forward to it,” he said. This will be his first senior-level coaching assignment and he is looking forward to it.
The Arunachal state association secretary Kabak Geda said the presence of Mongia will help the team. “He visited us on August 28 and was impressed by the raw talent we have.”
He added “Being a former international cricketer of the modern era, he will bring a lot of experience with him and that will help our players.”