Former India leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan has applied for a position in the national selection panel along with former off-spinner Rajesh Chauhan and left-handed batsman Amay Khurasiya.
All the three former India internationals have confirmed that they are offering their candidature for a place in the selection committee. The last date for applying is today, January 24.
The other two confirmed applicants are former junior selector Pritam Gandhe and current junior selection committee member Gyanendra Pandey but both have completed their four-year tenure in one committee and are unlikely to be considered as per Lodha norms.
It is understood that among applicants, the “senior most Test cap” will become the chairman and if Sivaramkrishnan gets the nod, he will be the senior-most having made his Test debut in 1983 (vs West Indies in Antigua) as a 17-year-old.
The BCCI will be replacing MSK Prasad (South Zone) and Gagan Khoda (Central Zone) from the current committee.
Former junior chairman of selectors Venkatesh Prasad and former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar could also throw their hat in the ring, which will make it an interesting three-way battle for the chairman’s position. It is learnt that both players are undecided. Also there is no clarity whether former India speedster Ajit Agarkar will apply or not.