Ajit Agarkar, the former India pacer, has applied for the national selector’s role, and is said to be in the race to take over as the new chairman of selectors of the men’s team. MSK Prasad’s five-year tenure as the chairman of selectors came to an end this month.
The veteran pacer, who has served as the chairman of the Mumbai senior team, confirmed about applying for the role on Friday (January 24). The fast bowler bagged 288 scalps in ODIs and also finished with 58 wickets in Tests. He holds the national record for the fastest to fifty ODI wickets.
Nayan Mongia, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Chetan Sharma and Rajesh Chauhan have also applied for the roles left vacant by Prasad and Gagan Khoda. The BCCI has set January 24 as the deadline to apply for the post.
“I have been wanting to apply for a long time but earlier, VB Chandrashekhar and Kris Srikkanth got a chance to represent from Tamil Nadu,” Sivaramakrishnan told. “The rotational system is not there anymore though. I think I have a good chance because I have been associated with the game constantly since the 1980s – in various capacities. As a commentator, I have had the opportunity to watch a lot of players in action.