Deep Dasgupta to coach India Above-19 side

Deep Dasgupta (right) played eight Tests and five ODIs for India © Getty Images

Kolkata: Jun 27, 2013

Former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta has been named the coach of the India ‘Above’ 19 side which will have a camp at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore from July 9-31.

India ‘Above’ 19 is a unique concept that is being tried out by the BCCI in order to resurrect the careers of those who are caught in the transition from colts cricket to senior cricket.

Dasgupta, who had played eight Tests for India during the 2001-02 season, had successfully captained Bengal and is also the assistant coach of the IPL side Pune Warriors India. Dasgupta also happens to be the chairman of selectors of Cricket Association of Bengal.

The BCCI is planning to have a tournament for these promising youngsters but everything is at a planning stage.

“It’s an effort to groom the talented youngsters who seem to lose focus after crossing 19 years. The tournament is likely to be held in August,” CAB joint secretary Subir Ganguly informed about receiving a mail in this regard from the parent body.

The Above-19 team features two players from Bengal — Alok Pratap Singh and Ravikant Singh.