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Nayan Mongia, Shiv Sunder Das and Ajay Ratra apply for the position of selection leader in India

The deadline for applications closed on Monday (28 November), with the BCCI now likely to appoint a Cricket Advisory Committee to conduct interviews before announcing their decision. The first assignment for the new selection panel will be to choose the Indian team for the limited-overs series at home to Sri Lanka in 2023.

In the meantime, the outgoing panel led by Chetan Sharma remains in place. The members are currently following the knockout stage of the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, the domestic 50-overs competition, as well as the Cooch Behar Trophy.

Sivaramakrishnan, one of the oldest applicants, had also applied last time, but was defeated by Chetan, who was appointed chief selector. Das, meanwhile, has been signed by Punjab as a batting coach. Before that, he was one of the coaches of the National Cricket Academy and worked as a batting coach for the Indian women’s team.

If Das is appointed – according to some of his contemporaries – he will replace his former Odisha teammate Debasis Mohanty. Mohanty, the former India fast bowler, has completed his five-year term as a selector, having previously served in junior cricket.

Badani is another strong candidate. He currently works with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL and has a successful track record in the TNPL as the head coach of Chepauk Super Gillies, who have won three consecutive titles (the 2022 title was shared).

The current selection committee consists of three members who can reapply for their jobs and while it could not be confirmed if Chetan and Harvinder Singh will, it is learned that Sunil Joshi will resign. That leaves the position of western zone electorate, which has been vacant anyway since Abey Kuruvilla’s term ended late last year.

Meanwhile, Deep Dasgupta and Laxmi Ratan Shukla, the other names circulating from the east, have confirmed that they have not applied. Dasgupta is now a broadcaster while Shukla is currently the head coach of the Bangladesh team, having taken over from Arun Lal just six months ago.

Of the new candidates, Mongia has already been part of a selection committee – both at junior and senior level – at Baroda. With 44 Tests and 140 ODIs, he is also one of the oldest candidates in contention. Sameer Dighe and Salil Ankola from Mumbai along with Gyanendra Pandey from UP have also expressed interest in the job. Ajit Agarkar, who was one of the few high-profile candidates from last time, did not apply this time.

When advertising the new selection panel, the BCCI had set a minimum qualification level of seven tests or 30 first-class matches, or 10 ODIs and 20 first-class matches for applicants. They should also have retired “at least five years earlier” and should not be older than 60. The elected committee will consist of five members – one from each zone of the country in addition to the chief.

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