Maninder Singh, SS Das apply for Team India selector post

NEW DELHI: Former left-arm spinner Maninder Singh and opener Shiv Sunder Das are among several candidates who have applied for the India senior selectors’ posts. The deadline for the applications closed on Monday (November 28) and it is understood that more than 50 persons have applied for the job but there aren’t too many heavyweights in the fray.
Maninder (35 Tests) while Das (21 Tests) are the most experienced among the 50-plus candidates list.
Back in 2021, Maninder had applied for the job but was pipped by Chetan Sharma. At the time, Sharma was preferred by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) headed by Madan Lal.
It couldn’t be confirmed whether former pacer Ajit Agarkar has applied or not. According to many, Agarkar has a sure-shot chance of becoming selection committee chairman with his international credentials, if he decides to apply.
Salil Ankola, current chairman of senior Mumbai team, former keeper Samir Dighe and the flamboyant Vinod Kambli are said to have applied from Mumbai.
“Yes, I have applied,” Maninder confirmed to PTI.
Sources in the know confirmed that Das, who is currently senior Punjab team’s batting coach, has applied and with East Zone barely producing Test players of repute, he stands a very good chance to become a selector.
But, it is not confirmed if Das’ home state Odisha will back his candidature.
Last time, Agarkar, despite being the favourite, didn’t get the job as the former MCA regime hadn’t backed him as the officials wanted Abey Kuruvilla.
The other names from North zone are lightweight former cricketers.
From North zone, apart from Maninder, Atul Wassan, Nikhil Chopra (Delhi), Ajay Ratra (Haryana) and Reetinder Singh Sodhi (Punjab) are former India players who have thrown their hat into the ring.
From East zone, save Das, other names are really lightweight. They include Prabhanjan Mullick, Rashmi Ranjan Parida from Odisha, Subhamoy Das, Saradindu Mukherjee and Sourasish Lahiri from Bengal.
Deep Dasgupta and Laxmi Ratan Shukla (current Bengal coach) — two former India players — have decided against applying.
From central zone, Amay Khurasiya of Madhya Pradesh and Gyanendra Pandey of Uttar Pradesh are believed to have applied.
While there are no written rules, BCCI normally believes in convention of equal distribution and hence five junior and five senior selectors in recent times have been from 10 different states.
So, junior selection committee has one from Tamil Nadu (S Sharath), Bengal (Ranadeb Bose), MP (Harvinder Sodhi), Punjab (Krishan Mohan) and Gujarat (Pathik Patel).
Hence, it is expected that candidates from these five states are likely to be excluded.
From Tamil Nadu, prominent names like L Sivaramakrishnan and WV Raman haven’t applied.
However, former Hyderabad off-spinner Kanwaljeet Singh has applied for the job as a South zone candidate.
(With inputs from PTI)

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