The race for the chief selector of the men’s Indian cricket team seems to be shaping up as quite a tight one, likely to be spearheaded by Ajit Agarkar. The recent developments, as reported by Mid-day, indicate that Shiv Sunder Das, Ranadeb Bose and Debasis Mohanty in the fray to be the national selector from East Zone. Amongst all the candidates in contention, Shiv Sunder Das looks to be the only batsman.
Debasis Mohanty is currently a junior national selector since 2018. Hence, if the former Indian opener earns a berth in the senior selection committee, then Ranadeb Bose could bag the spot of the junior selection committee. Das, who last played international cricket in 2002, could be a part of the senior panel, dominated by contenders who are bowlers.
The current selection committee, consisting of Sunil Joshi and Harvinder Singh were mainly bowlers and so are those who have applied for it. The likes of Ajit Agarkar and Abey Kuruvilla, both of whom were also pacemen, are in the reckoning from the West Zone, set to replace Jatin Paranjape. Maninder Singh and Chetan Sharma are in the fray from North Zone to have Sarandeep Singh’s spot while Shiv Sunder Das and Debasis Mohanty.
Ajit Agarkar could be India’s chief of selectors:
Former Indian seamer Ajit Agarkar, who is the third-highest wicket-taker for India in ODIs, could most likely replace MSK Prasad as the chairman of selectors. Ajit Agarkar is a veteran of 26 Tests and 191 ODIs and has featured in a plethora of first-class games. Sunil Joshi, who took the position of Prasad in March 2020, could act as a co-selector.