The BCCI appointed Chetan Sharma as chair of the selection committee, while Abey Kuruvilla and Debasish Mohanty were the other members of the jury.
While 11 candidates were interviewed, the cricket advisory board led by Madan Lal – RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik were the other panel members – recommended Sharma, Kuruvilla and Mohanty for the role. Three positions were vacant after the release of Jatin Paranjape (west), Sharandeep Singh (north) and Devang Gandhi (east).
Although Sunil Joshi had assumed the post of chairman of the committee, the role will now be entrusted to Sharma, who has participated in 23 tests for India. According to the BCCI constitution, the job will be assigned to the person with the highest test attendance. “I am truly grateful to BCCI for giving me this great honor. I will do my best to do justice to the role I have been assigned,” said Sharma Sportstar.
Debasish Mohanty and Abey Kuruvilla: new responsibility. – The Hindu archives
The highlight of Sharma’s international career was his hat-trick in the 1987 World Cup. He began playing world-class cricket for Haryana at age 16 and made his testing debut at age 18, a year after debuting in ODI against the West Indies in December 1983.
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Sharma was preferred from the north over Vijay Dahiya, Ajay Ratra, Nikhil Chopra and Maninder Singh while Kuruvilla was chosen ahead of Ajit Agarkar and Nayan Mongia from the west. Mohanty, the speedster of Odisha, was elevated by the junior national jury for the slot from the east zone, thus outperforming his state mate Shiv Sundar Das and former Bengal swinger Ranadeb Bose.
Interestingly, the thrilling finale of the famous Ranji Trophy between Haryana and Mumbai, in which Sharma played a pivotal role in helping Haryana win her only Ranji title, was Kuruvilla’s First Class debut. After working as a junior national selector and talent scout for Mumbai Indians, Kuruvilla is active in the national circuit.
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“It is obviously a great honor and a greater responsibility. I thank the BCCI for putting their trust in me and I can’t wait to justify it, ”said Kuruvilla, whose 10 tests and 25 ODI have come in a 21-month period starting in March 1996.
While this is a new responsibility for Sharma, who is now a well-known commentator, Mohanty served on the junior selection committee. Having worked as a bowling coach in national cricket and with the National Cricket Academy, the former swinger who played two tests and 45 ODI from 1997 to 2001 will be looking forward to working in tandem with his contemporaries and seniors.