In a significant development, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Tuesday that former India pacer Ajit Agarkar has been appointed as the new chief selector. Agarkar will succeed Chetan Sharma, who resigned from the position following the circulation of a viral sting operation video. This decision marks a turning point for Indian cricket as Agarkar takes charge of one of the most crucial roles in team selection.
The BCCI’s decision comes after careful consideration and evaluation of candidates. Shiv Sundar Das, who had been serving as the interim chief selector, will step down from his role to make way for Agarkar. The newly appointed chief selector will assume his responsibilities with an increased salary, a demand he made owing to his substantial earnings as the assistant coach of the Delhi Capitals.
Previously, Chetan Sharma received an annual salary of one crore rupees, while other members of the selection panel received 90 lakhs per annum. However, Agarkar’s new salary will see a significant increase, amounting to three crores per annum, three times more than his predecessor’s earnings. The exact details of the salary hike are yet to be finalized and will be decided during the BCCI’s upcoming general council meeting on Friday.
In a departure from the traditional practice of including selectors from all zones, the BCCI made the decision due to the lack of notable applicants from the north zone. Consequently, the selection panel, led by Ajit Agarkar, will have two selectors from the West Zone, namely Agarkar himself and Sahil Ankola. The panel will also include Subroto Banerjee (Central Zone), S Sharath (South Zone), SS Das (East Zone), and Salil Ankola (West Zone).
The appointment of Ajit Agarkar as the chief selector brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the crucial role. As a former India pacer and an accomplished cricketer, Agarkar is well-equipped to assess and choose the most talented players for the national team. His leadership and decision-making abilities will be instrumental in shaping the future of Indian cricket.
With the stage set for Agarkar’s tenure as the new chief selector, Indian cricket enthusiasts eagerly await the upcoming selection processes and the impact they will have on the national team’s performance. As the BCCI looks to build a formidable team, Agarkar’s appointment marks a significant step forward in the evolution of Indian cricket selection.