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Sharath Sridharan, the former Tamil Nadu skipper, has been appointed as the chairman of India‘s junior selection committee by the BCCI, on Friday, the board announced in a release.

Sharath Sridharan was the first player from his state to feature in 100 first-class games. In his 15-year long domestic career, the left-hander scored 8700 runs, including 27 centuries and 42 half-centuries, in 139 first-class matches with a highly impressive average of 51.17.

He also played over 100 List A games scoring more than 3000 runs at 44.28. He has also been a BCCI match referee.

Sharath Sridharan
Sharath Sridharan. Image-Twitter

Sharath Sridharan is often considered unlucky to not play for India as his prime coincided with a period when India’s middle order was packed with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.

Other four members in his selection panel: former Gujarat wicketkeeper Pathik Patel (West Zone), former Bengal pacer Ranadeb Bose (East Zone), former Punjab off-spinning all-rounder Kishan Mohan (North Zone) and former Madhya Pradesh pace-bowling all-rounder Harvinder Singh Sodhi (Central Zone).

Ranadeb Bose, who has taken 317 wickets in 91 games, was part of the Indian team on the victorious 2007 England tour.

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah (Image Credit: Twitter)

This newly-appointed 5-member committee replaces the previous committee that was headed by Ashish Kapoor (South), and included Debasish Mohanty (East), Gyanendra Pandey (Central), Rakesh Parikh (West) and Amit Sharma (North).

The committee will soon begin their processes for the selection of the side for the next under-19 World Cup, which is slated for the West Indies next year. India lost to Bangladesh in the final last year in South Africa. Prithvi Shaw led India to its previous under-19 title in 2018 in New Zealand defeating Australia in the final.

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