Chetan Sharma to lead new-look Indian selection committee 

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Chetan Sharma has been reappointed as chairman of the senior selection committee for Indian cricket, following the dissolution of the previous panel in the wake of India’s elimination from the T20 World Cup semi-finals.

Sharma will lead a new committee comprising Sridharan Sharath from South Zone, Subroto Banerjee from East Zone, Salil Ankola from West Zone, and Shiv Sunder Das from Central Zone.

“Central and East are two such zones where there aren’t too many worthy names. Hence BCCI had to use the best possible option. Das’s Vidarbha representation made him eligible from Central Zone,” a BCCI source said.

Das was selected due to his previous involvement with Vidarbha, while Banerjee’s prior experience with Bihar made him a suitable candidate for the East Zone. Sharma was asked to reapply for the position and was retained after a personal interview, though his former committee member Harvinder Singh was not considered.

The BCCI received around 600 applications for the five positions on the committee and conducted personal interviews with 11 candidates before making its final recommendations. Sharath, who has no India caps, is known for his talent scouting abilities and his extensive knowledge of the junior talent pool.

Banerjee, a former bowling coach and current personal coach for Indian seamer Umesh Yadav, was the bowling coach for the Vidarbha team that won the Ranji Trophy. Ankola, the former chairman of selectors for Mumbai, was chosen due to his experience with high-profile first-class teams.

West Zone was unrepresented on the previous panel due to Abbey Kuruvilla’s appointment as GM after serving a combined five years as a junior and senior selector.