The process of selecting the new Chief Selector of Team India has now reached its final stage. According to sources, the Madan Lal-led Cricket Advisory Committee has most likely shortlisted the names of Chetan Sharma, Abey Kuruvilla and Debasish Mohanty to fill the three vacant positions in the five-member national selection panel. The vacancies were created after terms of Sarandeep Singh, Devang Gandhi and Jatin Paranjape ended. The new selection committee will start its work from the home series against England. Earlier in March, CAC had appointed Sunil Joshi and Harvinder Singh as national selectors.
A total of 11 players, including iconic India speedster Ajit Agarkar, had applied for the India selection panel. Ajit Agarkar, Abey Kuruvilla and Nayan Mongia had applied from the West Zone. Chetan Sharma, Maninder Singh, Vijay Dahiya, Ajay Ratra and Nikhil Chopra had filed nominations from North Zone. Shiv Sundar Das, Devashish Mohanty and Ranadev Bose applied from the East Zone. Only 5 of these 11 cricketers had been selected by the CAC to fill three vacant positions in the national selection committee. These reportedly include Agarkar, Chetan Sharma, Abey Kuruvilla, Nayan Mongia and Debasish Mohanty.
According to the new constitution of the BCCI, only a player who has played the highest number of Test matches can take the post of Chief Selector and Ajit Agarkar has played the maximum 26 Test matches among all these former cricketers. Apart from this, Agarkar has also played 191 ODIs for India which made him the front-runner for the chief selector’s position.
A three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) headed by Madan Lal – R. P. Singh and Sulakshana Naik being the other members – picked the national selectors ahead of the series against England scheduled in February.