In a significant development for Indian cricket, former Indian cricketer Ajit Agarkar bid farewell to his role as an assistant coach at the Delhi Capitals, hinting at his potential appointment as the new chief selector for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The speculation surrounding Agarkar’s candidacy for the top selector position gained further traction when the Delhi Capitals and fellow assistant coach Shane Watson announced his departure via their official Twitter account.
This move by the franchise served as a strong indication of Agarkar’s imminent transition to the BCCI role. He is the frontrunner for the coveted position.
The chief selector position has been vacant since the controversial dismissal of Chetan Sharma earlier this year following a sting operation that exposed him for divulging sensitive information related to the Indian men’s team. As the application deadline for the role is June 30, interviews for potential candidates will occur on July 1, according to PTI.
Notably, the BCCI is keen on selecting a chief selector who can assert themselves effectively within the high-profile team management, particularly in potential conflicts. A BCCI official emphasized the importance of finding a candidate capable of dealing with such situations, highlighting the chief selector’s role in maintaining harmony within the team.
Ajit Agarkar has been linked to the chief selector position in the past, but his chances of securing the high-pressure role appear promising this time. With an illustrious international career comprising 26 Test matches, 191 ODIs, and four T20Is, Agarkar brings a wealth of experience. He was a pivotal member of the Indian squad that clinched the T20 World Cup in 2007, and his contributions to both Tests and ODIs during the early 2000s are widely acknowledged.
As the cricketing fraternity eagerly awaits the BCCI’s official announcement regarding the appointment of a new chief selector, the potential inclusion of Ajit Agarkar in this influential role adds excitement and anticipation to the future of Indian cricket.