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BCCI to have an entirely new selection panel

Roger Binny

Recently, the BCCI let go of all the members of the selection panel headed by Chetan Sharma after India’s exit from the T20 World Cup.

The board is now in the process of electing an all-new selection panel of 5 members.

From the West Zone, the names of Ajit Agarkar and Salil Ankola have been doing the rounds. Surprisingly, not a single member from the West Zone was present during the Chetan Sharma-led committee.

The last person from West Zone was Abey Kuruvilla whose tenure came to an end in 2021.

Apparently, the BCCI is also keen on Agarkar for the selector post because of his massive experience playing in the IPL and all three formats for India.

Ankola is a close confidant of BCCI treasurer Ashish Shelar which can bode well for Ankola.

The last date to submit the applications is the 28th of November by 6 PM IST.

From the South Zone, the name of former India spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan is gaining ground.

However, Roger Binny will also have a say in the election of a selector from the South Zone.

Sunil Joshi is the current selector from South Zone and he can reapply for the post because he still has two years left in his tenure.

As far as East Zone is concerned, then the names of former India opener Shib Sundar Das is gaining ground. In the current selection panel, it was Debasish Mohanty from East Zone.

And finally, the two zones that have not opened up any names so far are Central and North Zone.

It is being speculated that names from that side too will crop up in the coming days.

For North Zone, vice-president Rajeev Shukla will be taking a final call on who should be the representative from that zone.

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