Former Indian seamer Chetan Sharma was on Thursday, thrust on the role of the chairman of the national selection panel by the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). Chetan Sharma replaced the interim chief Sunil Joshi and will head the men’s team’s selection committee moving forward. The former paceman thanked the BCCI for the opportunity and vowed to make his work count.
The new panel saw its formation on the sidelines of the Board’s 89th Annual General Meeting (AGM) with Chetan Sharma leaving behind Maninder Singh and Vijay Dahiya from the north zone. Former medium paceman Abey Kuruvilla got the nod over Ajit Agarkar from the West Zone, backed by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) while Debasis Mohanty, yet another former Indian seamer will stay with the panel for the next two years.
The panel also consists of former India players Sunil Joshi (south zone) and Harvinder Singh (central zone). According to BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, the committee recommended Chetan Sharma for the role of chairman of the senior men’s selection team based on seniority. The CAC will review the performance of the candidates after one year.
It’s indeed a privilege for me to get an opportunity to serve Indian cricket once again: Chetan Sharma
Sharma, who represented the Indian team in 23 Tests and 65 ODIs in an 11-year career, thanked the BCCI for allowing him to serve Indian cricket once again. The 54-year old added that he remains a man of a few words and will let his work do the talking.
“It’s indeed a privilege for me to get an opportunity to serve Indian cricket once again. I am a man of few words and my action will speak louder than words,” Sharma said as quoted by Times Now.