- Former cricketer Chetan Sharma has been appointed as the chief selector of Team India
- The new panel was constituted on the occasion of the 89th Annual General Meeting of the BCCI
- Sharma has represented the country in 23 Tests and 65 ODIs in his 11-year international career.
The BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) on Thursday appointed former Indian fast bowler Chetan Sharma as chairman of the senior national selection panel. The CAC also selected Mumbai’s Abe Kuruvilla and Odisha’s Debashish Monhati in the five-member team. The new panel was formed on the occasion of the BCCI’s 89th annual general meeting here in which Sharma defeated Maninder Singh and Vijay Dahiya of Uttar Pradesh. Sharma (years 54) said, “It is definitely an honor for me to have the opportunity to serve Indian cricket once again. I don’t speak much because only my work will speak. ‘
“I just thank the BCCI for this opportunity,” he said. Former medium pacer Kuruvilla was backed by senior Mumbai Cricket Association officials, including Ajit Agarkar from the West Zone. Former Indian fast bowler Mohanty from Odisha has been the junior national selector for the last two years and will be on the committee for only two years. The selection committee also includes former Indian players Sunil Joshi (South Zone) and Harvinder Singh (Central Zone).
BCCI secretary Jai Shah said, “The committee recommended Chetan Sharma as the chief selector of the senior men’s selection committee on the basis of seniority (total number of Test matches).” “The CAC will review the candidates after one year and make a recommendation to the BCCI,” Shah said. According to the BCCI constitution, the candidate who plays the most Tests becomes the chief selector.
Former Indian cricketer Sharma has represented the country in 23 Tests and 65 ODIs in his 11-year international career, taking a hat-trick in the 1987 World Cup. Sharma started playing first class cricket from Haryana at the age of 16. He made his Test debut in December 1983 at the age of 18, a year before making his ODI debut against the West Indies.
There were discussions during the day to secure a place for Kuruvilla, whose cricketing achievements were nowhere in front of Agarkar. Agarkar was the only candidate to have played in more than 200 international matches. A senior BCCI source said, “Agarkar has never had the support of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). It was alleged that he did not watch the match as Mumbai’s chief selector. Abe Karuvila was supported by influential people in the Mumbai cricket world. Ajit Agarkar could not beat Abe Kuruvilla despite his cricket record. The first meeting of the new selection committee will be to select the team for the full home series against England. The CAC is led by Madan Lal, RP Singh and Sulakshan Nayak.