BCCI appoints Ajit Agarkar as chairman of senior men's selection committee
New Delhi : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has officially named former India pacer Ajit Agarkar as the new chairman of the men's senior team selection committee. Agarkar takes over from Chetan Sharma, who resigned from the position following a sting operation conducted by a news channel. The post had remained vacant for over six months until Agarkar's appointment.
To ensure transparency and avoid any conflict of interest, Agarkar decided to step down from his role as the assistant coach of the Delhi Capitals (DC) in the recently concluded IPL 2023 season. With his appointment, Agarkar becomes the fifth member of the selection panel, joining Shiv Sunder Das, Salil Ankola, Subroto Banerjee, and S Sharath.
One of Agarkar's immediate tasks as chairman will be to oversee the selection of the Team India squad for the upcoming five-match T20I series against West Indies, scheduled to commence on August 3.
The BCCI made the official announcement through a tweet, which can be viewed on their Twitter handle:
About Ajit Agarkar:
Ajit Agarkar began his cricketing journey with Mumbai in the 1996-97 season, making an instant impact. He made his international debut for Team India in an ODI against Australia in 1998.
Agarkar quickly rose to prominence, becoming the fastest bowler to claim 50 wickets in ODIs, surpassing the record set by Pakistan's Waqar Younis. He represented India in 26 Test matches, 191 ODIs, and 4 T20Is. Throughout his career, Agarkar amassed 288 ODI wickets and took 58 scalps in Test cricket. His contributions on the field have left a lasting impact on Indian cricket.