The Indian Senior Men’s Selection Committee chose Ajit Agarkar to fill Chetan Sharma’s vacant position as chairman. Agarkar, 45, played in 191 ODIs and 26 Tests and has a strong resume with 349 international wickets. He will serve as the selector for India’s tour of the West Indies, starting July 12.
The BCCI chose Ajit Agarkar as the men’s selectors’ chairman
The choice for the position appeared unanimously made because Agarkar qualified as a performer.
Ajit Agarkar fills Chetan Sharma’s postion
The Indian Senior Men’s Selection Committee has named former India all-rounder Ajit Agarkar as its chairman, the BCCI announced on Tuesday. Agarkar, 45, fills the position that has been vacant since February after Chetan Sharma left as a result of a TV channel’s sting operation against him, which put him in hot water.
According to BCCI regulations, the member of the five-person committee must be the Test player with the most appearances. Shiv Sundar Das (23 Tests), who had been serving as interim head, needed to be replaced as Indian cricket’s chairman, but board officials found it difficult to find someone who represented Sharma’s Zone.
Two selectors from the same unit will be uncommon
Thus, the two selectors from the same zone will be unusual. Agarkar (26 Tests) and Salil Ankola, a fellow selector, are both from the West and come from the same unit (Mumbai). “A North Zone selector may eventually replace Ankola,” according to a knowledgeable official.
Starting on July 12, he will serve as the selector for India’s tour of the West Indies, which includes two Tests, three ODIs, and five T20 matches. The other selectors are Sridharan Sharath and Subroto Banerjee.
Agarkar was the front-runner for the role
Agarkar was the front-runner for the job after interviews with the Cricket Advisory Committee. Committee included Sulakshana Naik, Ashok Malhotra, and Jatin Paranjape. Agarkar played in 191 ODIs and 26 Tests. Agarkar, who has amassed 349 international wickets throughout a nine-year career, has a strong résumé. He has previously excelled in the few administrative roles that came to him.
Agarkar, with head coach Ricky Ponting and director of cricket Sourav Ganguly, was a member of the Delhi Capitals from 2017 to 2019. He also served as chairman of selectors for Mumbai.
Agarkar was the unanimous choice for the position
In addition to taking nearly 350 wickets, Agarkar played a significant role in the Indian team’s success between 1997 and 2007. He is one of only three players from that illustrious ‘Fab Five’ era to make an international century at the legendary Lord’s Cricket Ground, and he retains the title for the quickest half-century by an Indian in ODIs, accomplished against Zimbabwe in 2000.
Agarkar was a skiddy customer because of his accuracy and lethal inswingers with the ball. He would accelerate too early, 140 mph, before gradually slowing down.