Former India leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan has utilized for a place within the nationwide choice panel together with former off-spinner Rajesh Chauhan and left-handed batsman Amay Khurasiya. All the three former India internationals have confirmed to PTI that they’re providing their candidature for a spot within the choice committee. The final date for making use of is Friday, January 24. The BCCI shall be changing MSK Prasad (South Zone) and Gagan Khoda (Central Zone) from the present committee whereas Sarandeep Singh (North Zone), Jatin Paranjpe (West Zone) and Devang Gandhi (East Zone) shall be persevering with for yet another season.
Sivaramakrishnan, hero of India’s Benson and Hedges World Championship of Cricket triumph, has been a commentator for 20 years and has additionally been a spin bowling coach on the National Cricket Academy apart from being a part of the ICC’s Cricket Committee.
Former junior chairman of selectors Venkatesh Prasad and former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar might additionally throw their hat within the ring, which can make it an fascinating three-means battle for the chairman’s place. It is learnt that each gamers are undecided.
The 54-year-outdated Sivaramakrishnan has performed 9 Tests and 16 ODIs (25 Internationals), whereas Bangar has 12 Tests and 15 ODIs (27 Internationals) to his identify.
Prasad has extra matches (33 Tests and 161 ODIs) however his two and half years as junior nationwide choice committee chairman implies that he can solely be a senior selector for one and half years (cumulative 4 years as selector).
“I have spoken to my family and have decided to apply for the national selector’s position. If BCCI gives me an opportunity, I would like to make a difference. I believe if I get four years, I would leave Indian cricket in a better space in terms of bench strength in all three departments especially spin bowling,” Siva mentioned.
In reality, it was Sivaramakrishnan who, after watching a younger Yuzvendra Chahal in home cricket, instructed the Indian crew administration (coach Ravi Shastri specifically) that he might be a potent possibility in worldwide cricket.
“I have not only watched a lot of international cricket but also covered domestic cricket as a broadcaster for 15 years. I feel that I can help in developing a pool of wrist spinners in the country,” Siva mentioned.
Chauhan, the veteran of 21 Tests and 35 ODIs, who performed with Anil Kumble and Venkatapathy Raju within the early ‘90s, hoped that he shall be fortunate for the second time.
“I had applied last time also. I am very much interested in the selector’s job and hopefully my name would come up for consideration,” Chauhan mentioned.
Khurasiya additionally confirmed that he “has applied” for the job.