Former India cricketer Laxman Sivaramakrishnan is likely to replace incumbent chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad. With the Annual General Meeting of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) looming large, speculations over various assignments are on an all-time high.
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In the last few years, there have been lots of debates with Prasad’s skills to lead a selection committee. Many questionned his understanding as he has played only a handful of international games. He came under the scanner during the World Cup when he snubbed Ambati Rayudu to pick Vijay Shankar and Mayank Agarwal.
However, MSK Prasad’s tenure has come to an end and the buzz is that Laxman Sivaramakrishnan might replace him from the south zone. There are aspirants from Hyderabad and Karnataka as well – Arshad Ayub and Venkatesh Prasad – but Sivaramakrishnan looks like the frontrunner due to backing from Tamil Nadu. However, his selection as the chairman of selectors still depends on a few factors.
Among other names that are making rounds is that of Gyanendra Pandey. The former India and UP batsman is expected to replace Gagan Khoda from Central Zone. Like MSK, Khoda too will vacate the committee. Meanwhile, speaking about other zones, the names of Ashish Nehra and Deep Dasgupta and Rohan Gavaskar are going rounds from North and East zone. But Sarandeep Singh and Devang Gandhi – the two incumbents from these zones can still continue in their posts.
Meanwhile, Ajit Agarkar and Dilip Vengsarkar have emerged as strong candidates from the west. Currently, Jatin Paranjpe is the selector from the west but is likely that he will not continue. It will be a good fight between Agarkar and Vengsarkar to make it to the final panel.
BCCI’s Annual General Meeting will take place on December 1 in Mumbai. The office-bearers need to decide on the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) in the AGM before the members of CAC sits to pick the selectors.