According to a senior BCCI official, The Board of Control for Cricket in India is all set to name the replacements of MSK Prasad and Gagan Khoda in the selection panel. BCCI had set the deadline of 24 January to apply for the prestigious position of national selector.
BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly has promised a total transparent system that will be accountable for every decision taken by BCCI. It is expected that athree-member committee will soon name the selection panel for the next four-years from 2020 to 2024.
According to the sources, Ajit Agarkar is coming as the front runner for the vacancy. Former India bowling all-rounder Ajit Agarkar on Friday entered the fray for the national selector’s job. The 42-year-old had also served as a chairman of the Mumbai senior selection committee. With BCCI’s new constitution does not have any Zonal system, he is in the race for the chairman’s post.
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Ajit Agarkar is one of the prominent names in the short list of great Indian fast bowlers. He played 26 Tests, 191 ODIs and three T20Is in his career spanning almost a decade. He took 349 international wickets in all and was one of the go to bowlers.
“Ajit entering the fray is an interesting development. He is someone who would have put in a lot of thought before applying. If anyone thought that Siva’s (Laxman Sivaramakrishnan) nomination as a chairman of selectors is a given will now think again. It will be interesting to see who all are short-listed,” A BCCI official told TOI on the condition of anonymity.
The official also added that Ganguly has the correct intent and there will be full transparency on the matter. “BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on the first day had spoken about transparency. If the intent is correct and the heart is in right place, why do we need to have zonal biases and follow the convention?” the official asked.
According to the sources Ajit Agrakar, Chetan Sharma Sivaramakrishnan, other prominent names Nayan Mongiaand Rajesh Chauhan have applied for the vacancy.