Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar was released as the bowling coach of the Delhi Capitals franchise which further fuelled the rumors that he’s set to be the new Chief Selector of the BCCI’s Selection Committee.
On July 1st, Ajit Agarkar will sit in front of the Board of Control for Cricket in India appointed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which will interview the former pacer for the vacant post of the Chairman of the Selection Committee. This post has been vacant since February when Chetan Sharma resigned following his sensational, controversial, and shocking sting operation done by a news channel. Given now that he’s officially applied for the post, Agarkar is all but certain to take up the role.
Delhi Capitals parted ways with Ajit Agarkar and Shane Watson from their coaching staff following their abysmal season where they finished 9th in the points table.
“The CAC has the mandate to pick a selector who can stand up to the high profile team management in case there are differences,” the Indian Cricket Board official further told the news agency.
The CAC hasn’t had a big Indian name for many years, mainly because of the low salary and also the blame game that gets put on the selectors after India’s big losses.
Being an experienced India player and a match-winner, Agarkar will be one of the biggest names to become Chief Selector in Indian cricket.
Who is Ajit Agarkar?
45-year-old Ajit Agarkar is a former pacer who played 26 Tests, 191 ODIs, and 4 T20Is for India picking up a total of 349 international wickets in a carer spanning from 1998 to 2007. Agarkar was part of India’s 2007 T20 World Cup winning squad in South Africa.
In the fag end of his career, Agarkar also played in the IPL for KKR and Delhi.
After retirement, Agarkar got into administration and had a stint as Mumbai’s chief selector, which boosted his CV for his application for the India’s Chief Selector role. Most recently, he was with Delhi Capitals as bowling and assistant coach.