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Chetan Sharma Expected to Retain Role as Chief National Selector, Reports Suggest

According to the latest rumours, former Indian bowler Chetan Sharma is expected to be restored as the men’s cricket team’s head selector. The BCCI fired the ex-Indian player last year, after India’s poor performance in the T20 World Cup in Australia.

Chetan Sharma was appointed as the chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) selection committee in December 2020, however he was fired before the end of his tenure owing to the Indian team’s dismal performance in 2022. The Sharma-led panel of selectors was disbanded last year, when the BCCI began accepting applicants for a new selection committee.

However, according to NDTV, the former Indian cricketer will remain as the top selector. His committee, on the other hand, has 13 ex-Indian cricketers selected for the remaining open positions.

The report also revealed the names of those who appeared in the interview for the remaining open positions in front of the Cricket Advisory Committee chaired by Ashok Malhotra (CAC). Chetan Sharma, Harvinder Singh, Amay Khurasia, Ajay Ratra, SS Das, S Sharath, and Connor Williams were among those who took part in the CAC interviews on Monday. The removal of Venkatesh Prasad’s name from the shortlist was the greatest surprise, as he was thought to be a front-runner to replace Sharma at the top of the selection panel’s table.

Following the dissolution of the Chetan Sharma-led selection committee in November 2022, the top cricket body issued an advertising to replace the vacancy on the committee. According to the press release, the ideal candidate “should have played at least 7 Test matches or 30 First Class matches or 10 ODI and 20 First Class matches” and “should have retired from the game at least 5 years ago.”