West Zone selector’s post: Agarkar, Kuruvilla in fray

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MUMBAI: In what could make things interesting in the race to bag the job of a national selector, former India and Mumbai seamers Ajit Agarkar and Abey Kuruvilla may vie to be the West Zone representative in the national selection committee.
The West Zone slot has been vacated after former India batsman Jatin Paranjape‘s term ended recently. Both Agarkar and Kuruvilla have applied for one of the three vacant posts in the national selection committee. The 40-year-old Agarkar, who has played 26 Tests, 191 ODIs and four T20Is, has been the Mumbai chief selector in the past.
Kuruvilla, 52, played 10 Tests and 25 ODIs in the 90s. He was a part of the national junior selection committee from 2008 to 2012, and was the chairman of the panel when India won the Under-19 World Cup in 2012. In that same year, he was named the Mumbai chief selector too.
“We’ve told the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) to pick the new selectors on a zonal basis. The only requirement is that they should’ve played Test cricket,” a source in the BCCI told TOI.
Former India seamer Madan Lal heads the CAC, which includes RP Singh and Sulakshna Naik. Joshi and Harvinder were named as the new selectors in March. The BCCI had marked a minimum qualification of seven Tests or 30 First-Class matches or 10 ODIs and 20 First-Class matches for the applicants.

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