“It Is A Huge Honour” – Sridharan Sharath Reacts After Being Appointed As A Member Of Chetan Sharma-led Selection Committee

“It Is A Huge Honour” – Sridharan Sharath Reacts After Being Appointed As A Member Of Chetan Sharma-led Selection Committee

Former Tamil Nadu captain and chairman of the Junior National Selection Committee, Sridharan Sharath, has said that he is very pleased and it is a huge honor for him to get the job of national selector.

On Saturday, January 7, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) released an official statement, confirming the appointment of a new Senior Men’s National Selection Committee.

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The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sulakshana Naik, Ashok Malhotra, and Jatin Paranjape shortlisted 11 individuals for personal interviews, and based on the interviews, Chetan Sharma, Shiv Sundar Das (Central), Subroto Banerjee (East), Salil Ankola (West) and Sridharan Sharath (South) were finalized for the positions, with Sharma being re-appointed as chief selector.

South Zone’s national selector Sridharan Sharath was the first cricketer to play 100 Ranji Trophy matches for Tamil Nadu and overall he has scored 8700 runs in 139 first-class games.

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Speaking about his appointment, Sridharan Sharath said that he is honored to get the opportunity to serve Indian cricket.

“Very happy and pleased to get the job. It is a huge honour and I will do it to the best of my ability. I thank the BCCI for giving me this opportunity to serve Indian cricket. I also thank the TNCA for the support,” said an elated Sharath upon his return from Mumbai on Saturday evening, as quoted by the New Indian Express.

Sharath, who is already aware of the emerging talents in the country, added that the job of the national selector is just an extension of his previous job.

“I believe the national selector post is an extension of what I have been doing. I like to watch matches and new talent. Our new selection committee, along with Chetan Sharma, will watch all the games, both domestic and international, and have a feel of the emerging talent in the country,” he said.

We are yet to discuss the World Cup at the moment – Sridharan Sharath

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The 50-year-old said that the expectations from India are very high with the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 being held at home, but revealed that they have not yet discussed the marquee tournament.

“Yes, we are aware that the World Cup is being held at home and the expectations will be high. We are yet to discuss the World Cup at the moment. We have a couple of series in the coming months where we will sit down and plan what needs to be done,” said Sharath, as quoted by the New Indian Express.

Sridharan Sharath also said that he is fully aware of the demands of modern-day cricket and the packed international calendar. He said:

Yes, we are aware of the demands of modern cricket and the tight international schedule. At the junior level, I had an idea about how to go about the process. Now, when the new selection committee meets we will discuss all the matters threadbare. We want India to be the best team across formats.”

Sridharan Sharath further said that he interacted a lot with the National Cricket Academy (NCA) head VVS Laxman during his time as a junior national selector.

“I have interacted with Laxman while being a junior national selector. Laxman is doing a brilliant job at the NCA. We have had a lot of discussions about the players, emerging talent and the demands of modern cricket. VVS inputs have always been handy. Now, I will trouble him all the more,” signed off Sharath.

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