Ajit Agarkar, former Indian cricketer
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Updated: 04 July 2023

Ajit Agarkar is Expected to Take Over as Chairman of The BCCI Selection Committee. Ajit Agarkar, an Indian all-rounder, is likely to become the next Chief Selector after the BCCI agreed to raise his yearly remuneration from INR 1 crore. The role was vacant since February 17, when Chetan Sharma, former fast bowler resigned after a sting operation.

Upon getting contacted by BCCI with a promise that he would be sufficiently remunerated for the post which is currently at INR 1 crore, Ajit Agarkar sent an application on Thursday. Among all the candidates, Agarkar was the only leading name to get the role according to Indian Express.

To fulfill the Chief Selector role, Ajit Agarkar has quit his role as assistant coach of Delhi Capitals. Ajit Agarkar has played over 26 Tests, 191 ODIs and four T20Is for Team India. Additionally, he was a part of the T20 World Cup winners in 2007 under M.S Dhoni’s captaincy.

Subroto Banerjee, Sridharan Sharath, Salil Ankola, and Shiv Sundar Das now serve on the senior selection committee. Shiv Sundar Das also assists as the body’s interim head after the resignation of former member Chetan Sharma in February. All these members are getting paid INR 90 lakh annually.

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As per BCCI, the criteria to apply for the chief selector’s role, A candidate must have participated in at least 7 Test matches, 30 First Class matches, 10 One Day International matches, or 20 First Class matches and 10 Test matches. Additionally, he or she needs to have stopped playing at least five years ago.

No one may serve on the Men’s Selection Committee if they have served on any Cricket Committee for a cumulative period of five years (as specified in the BCCI’s Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations).

On July 7, BCCI may make the official announcement during an apex council meeting according to News18.