The Madan Lal-led CAC is due to interview candidates virtually on Thusrday to fill three vacancies in the selection committee. Former fast bowler from Mumbai, Ajit Agarkar is the front-runner to land the job and could be the next chairman of the panel. He is the most capped player from the list of candidates who have applied — and has appeared in 26 Tests and 191 ODIs.
Selecting the team for Australia was the trio’s last assignment under the chairmanship of Sunil Joshi. Joshi and Harvinder Singh were picked as selectors in March, replacing MSK Prasad and Gagan Khoda while Sarandeep, Paranjape and Gandhi continued for a few more months.Among those who IANS has learned have applied for the post are former India pace bowler Ajit Agarkar (26 Tests, 191 ODIs, and four T20Is), who could be a favourite for the chief selector’s post.
Former India left-arm spinner Maninder Singh (35 Tests and 59 ODIs), former India opener Shiv Sunder Das (23 Tests and four ODIs), former India pace bowler Chetan Sharma (23 Tests and 65 ODIs), former India stumper Ajay Ratra (6 Tests and 12 ODIs), former India off-spinner Nikhil Chopra (one Test and 39 ODIs), and former India wicket-keeper Vijay Dahiya (two Tests and 19 ODIs) have also thrown their hats in the ring. Although the new BCCI constitution does not mention that selectors have to be picked on zonal basis, it is likely that the old format will be followed.
“Agarkar is favourite from the West Zone. Das could be picked from East Zone. There are five from North Zone. They will be interviewed on Thursday and their names will be declared soon, probably in two-three days," a source told IANS.
One the posts are filled, the first assignment for them would be to select the team for India’s home series against England.