BCCI invites applications for the post of selector
Can Chetan Sharma apply again?
New Delhi. Just four months after Chetan Sharma was asked to resign as the chairman of the national selection committee due to the disclosure of confidential information related to the Indian cricket team, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) formally appointed him for the post. Applications have been invited. The last date for submission of applications is June 30 and it is expected that the new member of the selection committee will be part of the panel that will pick the team for the Ireland series. Before this, there is a possibility of seeing him against the Deodhar Trophy inter-regional competition.
The eligibility criteria for the post is the same as before. The applicant must have played seven Tests or 10 One Day Internationals or at least 30 first-class matches while at least five years have passed since his retirement from active cricket. The selection committee in which Chetan was present was sacked after a dismal performance in the T20 World Cup but when the new committee was formed in December last year, he reapplied and was re-elected.
However, after the sting operation, he was asked to resign as most of the members of the Indian team did not want to talk to him. A senior BCCI official told on condition of anonymity, “Technically, Chetan can apply if he wants as he had resigned. Of course, whether he will apply or not is a big issue. But the rules don’t stop them from applying once again.
Lucknow Super Giants mentor Gautam Gambhir (retired in December 2018), Yuvraj Singh (retired in July 2019) and cricketer-turned-commentator Harbhajan Singh (retired in 2022) are some big names from the North Zone but they are not technically eligible Because five years of his retirement will not be completed by the date of application.
The only big name who is eligible is Virender Sehwag. However, it is a well known fact that Sehwag is an analyst on various forums and earns a good amount of money from promotional activities and in such a situation, he would not be interested in this job if he gets a salary of Rs 1 crore. The rest of the panel members get Rs 90 lakh.
Another source said, “It is not set in stone that with Chetan taking over, the BCCI needs a chairman from the north zone. They can bring in someone like Vivek Razdan, Ajay Ratra, Ritinder Singh Sodhi or Atul Wasan and retain SS Das (23 Tests) as the new chairman.
FIRST PUBLISHED : June 22, 2023, 21:28 IST