Ajit Agarkar, a former all-rounder for India, is in line to take over as chairman of the Indian Cricket Board’s senior selection committee, a position that has been open since February after Chetan Sharma departed after being charged in a sting operation.
Agarkar was contacted by Indian Cricket Board representatives who pledged to boost the head selector’s existing annual remuneration of Rs 1 crore. The only well-known applicant on the list is Agarkar, who then made the decision to apply. On Thursday, he announced his resignation as the Delhi Capitals’ assistant coach. It’s interesting to note that BCCI passed on Agarkar in 2020 when he applied for the position of selector.
The other individuals who are part of the selection committee receive a yearly salary of Rs 90 lakh apiece. The Indian Cricket Board, according to information obtained by The Indian Express, has revised the top selector’s annual remuneration since former players who fit the requirements for the position declined to apply because their additional means of income, such as commentary and work as studio experts, paid higher.
Agarkar, the former captain of Mumbai, participated for India in 26 Tests, 191 ODIs, and four T20 matches. He was a member of the MS Dhoni-captained team that won the 2007 T20 World Cup.
Subroto Banerjee, Salil Ankola, Sridharan Sharath, and Shiv Sundar Das now serve on the senior selection committee. Shiv Sundar Das also serves as the committee’s interim chairperson following the resignation of former member Sharma in February.
Earlier in the day, Ajit Agarkar made sure of his nomination as he applied for the post of the chief selector of the Indian men’s national team. A candidate must have played at least 7 Test matches, 30 First Class matches, 10 One Day International matches, and 20 First Class matches in order to be considered for the position of selector. Additionally, he or she needs to have given up playing at least five years ago. No one is qualified to serve on the men’s selection committee if they have been on any cricket body for more than five years.
Fans react to World Cup winner Ajit Agarkar applying for India’s Chief selector post: –
Ajit Agarkar has applied for the post of team India Chief Selector. pic.twitter.com/uyVOmF3IvJ
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) June 30, 2023
Delhi capital jaisi team chunega jo sbse phle tournament se bahar hogi
— rajumudgal (@ImMudgal2907) June 30, 2023
Potentially, a good choice.
— Bhargav Mitra (@bhargav_mitra) June 30, 2023
Scored large number of consecutive ducks.
Only memorable contribution spell in Adelaide test against Australia and century at Lords in a losing cause.
— PKBhagat (@pkbhagatin) June 30, 2023
He has an OS century while batting at lower order 😭
— Aryan 45 🇮🇳 (@Iconic_Rohit) June 30, 2023
He has been already told that he is going to be next chief selector. These are just formalities.
— Barkha Joshi (@bindasbarkha) June 30, 2023
India me pehle selection hoti hai fir log apply karte hain!? 🤔
— Guyton (@CricMed) June 30, 2023
Congrats to all Mumbai players in advance
— Harish ML🇮🇳 (@1ly_Harish) June 30, 2023