September 27, 2012 1:00:12 am
A new-look national selection committee is set to be announced at the conclusion of the Indian cricket board’s 83rd annual general body meeting to be held in Mumbai on Thursday.
While four of the five members,including chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth have completed their four-year terms,North Zone selector Mohinder Amarnath,the former Test all-rounder, is only a year into the job and is eligible to continue in his post.
However,it is reliably learnt that former Punjab opener Vikram Rathore is in the running as North Zone selector as a group of cricket associations from this region are pressing for a change.
Though the zonal associations can collectively back a candidate as selector,a top Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official said that the final say is with the president N Srinivasan and secretary Sanjay Jagdale. And Amarnath may not lose out.
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According to an Indian cricket board official,though North Zone associations want Amarnath replaced by Rathore,the consensus among top BCCI officials is that the 1983 World Cup winner must be allowed to complete his term because of his stature.
When it comes to the West Zone,former India medium pacer and Mumbai Cricket Association’s chairman of the selection committee Abey Kuruvilla is tipped to represent his zone. Kuruvilla has served as the Under-19 chairman of selectors committee and was in charge when the junior team won the World Cup in August.
When it comes to the Central and East zones,there are a host of contenders. Former Uttar Pradesh wicket-keeper batsman Sunil Chaturvedi is front runner for the job,while former UP coaches Rajinder Singh Hans and Gyanendra Pandey are also pushing for the job.
In the East,Devang Gandhi has emerged as a possible replacement for Raja Venkat while former India pacer Debashish Mohanty and Bengal’s wicket-keeper batsman Deep Dasgupta are also in the race. Karnataka’s Roger Binny is likely to replace Krishnamachary Srikkanth,but not necessarily in capacity as chairman of selectors.
Also the current IP L governing council headed by Rajeev Shukla is expected to get a one-year extension at the AGM.
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