New Delhi. Former Tamil Nadu captain and longtime domestic cricketer Sridharan Sharath is set to head the Cricket Board of India’s (BCCI) Junior National Selection Committee, which is tasked with selecting the squad for next year’s Under-19 World Cup. . Some of the names that have been agreed upon in the BCCI include former Punjab batting all-rounder Krishna Mohan, who played 45 first-class matches between 1987 and 1995. Mohan is a candidate from North Zone.
Madhya Pradesh’s fast bowling all-rounder Harvinder Singh Sodhi is the main contender from the central zone. He scored over 2000 runs in 76 first-class matches and took 174 wickets. He is also the match referee of BCCI. Bengal pacer Ranadev Bose from the East Zone may leave behind his former teammate Shubhamaya Das in the race to become the selector. Bose has taken 317 wickets in 91 first-class matches. An official announcement will be made at an appropriate time, but left-handed batsman Sharath is set to replace Ashish Kapoor as the chairman. Kapoor’s tenure ended this year.
Sharath has also played for Assam. He became the first cricketer from Tamil Nadu to play 100 Ranji matches. In his career of 15 years, he scored 8700 runs in 139 first-class matches with the help of 27 centuries. It is believed that due to playing in the era of Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly, he never got a chance to make a place in the Test team.
BCCI sources told PTI on the condition of confidentiality, “Sridharan Sharath’s name has been decided. He is a big name in domestic cricket and according to the norms, he will probably also hold the post of chairman of the selection committee. The names of Sodhi, Mohan and Bose have also been selected from their respective constituencies. The previous selection committee, headed by Kapoor (South Zone), included Devashish Mohanty (East, now senior selector), Gyanendra Pandey (Central), Rakesh Parikh (West) and Amit Sharma (North).