Chetan Sharma to continue as chairman of selection panel


Chetan Sharma to continue as chairman of selection panel

by Staff  •  Last updated on Sat, Jan 7, 2023,

Based on the recommendations of the Cricket Advisory Committee, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed Chetan Sharma, Shiv Sundar Das, Subroto Banerjee, Salil Ankola and Sridharan Sharath as part of the new selection panel of the Indian Senior Men’s team. The CAC also recommended Sharma to continue as the chairman of the selection committee.

The committee comprising Sulakshana Naik, Ashok Malhotra, and Jatin Paranjape scrutinised through 600 applications during the process.

“The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Ms Sulakshana Naik, Mr Ashok Malhotra, and Mr Jatin Paranjape undertook an extensive process for selecting members of the All-India Senior Selection Committee. The Board received around 600 applications following its advertisement for the five posts issued on its official website on 18th November 2022.

“Upon due deliberation and careful consideration, the CAC shortlisted 11 individuals for personal interviews. Based on the interviews, the Committee has recommended the following candidates for the Senior Men’s National Selection Committee,” read a statement from the board.

Sharma had re-applied for the post alongside his former colleague Harvinder Singh. Venkatesh Prasad, Maninder Singh, Mukund Parmar, Nayan Mongia, and Sameer Dighe were other notable names who had applied for the five positions.

Among the newly appointed candidates, Ankola has been serving as the chief of Mumbai’s selection panel since December 17, 2020. Meanwhile, S Sharath has been the chairman of the Junior National Selection Committee since September 17, 2021.The selection committee has experience of 48 Tests and 95 ODIs in total. Barring Das, none of the other members of the panel have played T20 matches.

Incidentally, after India bowed out of the T20 World Cup in the UAE in 2021 in the group stage and subsequently lost to England by 10 wickets in the semi-final of the T20 World Cup held in Australia last year, the BCCI had invited fresh applications.

Even after the board had invited fresh applications, the old selection panel consisting Sharma, Harvinder, Sunil Joshi and Debasis Mohanty (Abey Kuruvilla quit as selector in February 2022) continued to pick Indian teams for the white-ball tour of New Zealand, the ODI and Test rubbers versus Bangladesh and the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka.

In the absence of a new selection committee, the old panel was also given the task to track Ranji Trophy matches.

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