Ajit Agarkar appointed as new chief selector of Indian men’s cricket team

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Ajit Agarkar appointed as new chief selector of Indian men’s cricket team

New Delhi, July 4, 2023: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday appointed former India seamer Ajit Agarkar as the new chairman of selectors of the Indian men’s cricket team.

The appointment comes after the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) unanimously recommended Agarkar for the top post in the selection panel. The CAC, which is headed by former India captain Sourav Ganguly, also included former India cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman.

Agarkar, who played 26 Tests, 191 ODIs and four T20Is for India, is a highly respected figure in the cricketing world. He is known for his sharp cricketing acumen and his ability to spot and groom young talent.

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In a statement, the BCCI said that Agarkar’s appointment was “a major coup” for the board. “Ajit is a highly respected figure in the cricketing world and his appointment is a major coup for the BCCI,” the statement said. “He is a great judge of talent and we are confident that he will be able to build a strong team for India.” 

What did Ajit say?

Agarkar, who is currently a commentator and analyst, expressed his delight at being appointed as the chief selector. “I am honoured to be appointed as the chief selector of the Indian men’s cricket team,” he said. “It is a great responsibility and I will do my best to live up to the expectations.”

Agarkar will be the first former India pacer to be appointed as the chief selector. He will be replacing Chetan Sharma, who resigned from the post in February 2023.

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The BCCI also announced that former India opener Shiv Sundar Das will continue to be a part of the selection panel. Das has been serving as the interim chief selector since Sharma’s resignation.

The new selection panel will have its first meeting later this month to discuss the upcoming tours of South Africa and West Indies.