Ajit Agarkar in the commentary box
Ajit Agarkar expresses his interest to become the next chief selector

On Friday evening, the BCCI took a key step and fired the entire Chetan Sharma-led selection committee after the recent T20 World Cup failure.

The apex board had roped Chetan Sharma for the chief selector’s role in December 2020. Under his tenure, India have had disappointing runs in two ICC events and the 2022 Asia Cup.

The board also sacked Sunil Joshi, Harvinder Singh, and Debashish Mohanty and invited fresh applications.

In the latest development, former India pacer Ajit Agarkar reportedly expressed interest in the role. The 44-year-old had submitted his name the last time out but failed to land the job, but the former seamer will apply for the role again.

Agarkar fulfils all the necessary criteria to be eligible for the position but being an assistant coach of Delhi Capitals, he would have to step aside from the coaching job.

“Ajit was very close last time to become the chief selector. He has worked with young minds and possesses knowledge of all three formats. We haven’t spoken to Ajit, but we would be happy to have him,” a BCCI source told InsideSport.

BCCI took to Twitter to invite fresh applications.

As per the apex board, the candidate should have played a minimum of

a) 7 Test matches; OR

b) 30 First Class matches; OR

c) 10 ODI and 20 First Class matches.

Agarkar has played 26 Tests, 191 ODIs and 110 First class matches.

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