The Madan Lal-led Cricket Advisory committee (CAC) will be interviewing candidates virtually on Thursday, to fill three vacancies in the senior selection committee. Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar is reportedly the frontrunner to bag the selector’s berth from West Zone. He could be also made the chairman of the selection panel because of being the most capped Test cricketer among the candidates who have applied.
As per the new BCCI constitution, the candidate with the most Test caps becomes the chief selector. Ajit Agarkar is the most experienced candidate among the 11 who have applied. The former cricketer played 191 ODIs, 26 Tests and 4 T20Is. Ajit Agarkar also remains India’s third highest wicket-taker in ODIs (with 288 scalps) behind Anil Kumble (334 wickets) and Javagal Srinath (315 wickets).
Sunil Joshi, who is currently the chairman of the selection panel, has played 15 Tests. Harvinder Singh is the other selector from Central Zone. Apart from Agarkar, Abey Kuruvilla and Nayan Mongia have applied from West. From the North Zone Chetan Sharma, Maninder Singh, Vijay Dahiya, Ajay Ratra and Nikhil Chopra and from East—Shiv Sunder Das, Debashish Mohanty and Ranadeb Bose are known to have applied.
According to Hindustan Times, the BCCI has decided to retain the zonal criteria for composition of the selection panel. Jatin Paranjpe (West Zone), Devang Gandhi (East) and Sarandeep Singh (North) have completed their terms. Once appointed, the next assignment of the committee will be to pick India’s team for the home series against England.
England are scheduled to arrive in India next year for four Tests, five T20Is and three ODIs. The series will mark the resumption of international cricket in India. India have not hosted an international game since January this year.