Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Ajit Agarkar likely to apply for new BCCI selection panel, claim unconfirmed reports

Sivaramakrishnan first burst into the scene as a 12-year-old with a spell of 7 wickets for just two runs in a Madras inter-school championship match.

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Updated - 19 November 2022 10:06 PM

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sacked the Chetan Sharma-led selection committee on Friday following Team India's poor performance in T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. Since Rohit Sharma-led side crashed out of the ICC tournament from the semi-final stage, the cricket fraternity has been raising questions on Indian selectors for mishandling players ahead of the highly anticipated ICC tournament. 

Consistent backing to KL Rahul amid poor form and unsatisfactory management of Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah's injury is among several reasons behind the selection committee's sacking. A day after a shocking layoff, former Indian cricketer and commentator Laxman Sivaramakrishnan has emerged as one of the contenders for the top post at the helm of the Men's Senior Selection Committee. According to fresh reports, Sivaramakrishnan has thrown his hat for the Chief Selector post. 

Former Indian cricketers, who reportedly had the strong backing of former ICC chairman N Srinivasan, had earlier applied to succeed MSK Prasad. A right-arm leg spinner, Sivaramakrishnan first burst into the scene as a 12-year-old with a spell of 7 wickets for just two runs in a Madras inter-school championship match. 

At the age of just 15 years, Sivaramakrishnan was part of the Under-19 India squad in 1980 and made a memorable first-class debut a year after with a 7/28 spell in the 1981/82 Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Delhi. 

Srivaramakrishna became the youngest debutant in the Test squad after making it to the Indian Test squad at just 17 years and 118 days. His best came in his 2nd Test, where he propelled India to an eight-wicket victory over England in Mumbai (then Bombay), bagging twelve wickets in the match.

Despite a good start, a shocking slump in his form led to his exclusion from the squad. However, he clinched the Ranji Trophy title with Tamil Nadu in 1987/88 by making three hundred in the season. Srivaramakrishna had also been part of the IPL franchise CSK as the spin bowling coach in the 2018 season and was named to the ICC cricket committee as a players' representative in 2013.

In addition, Ajit Agarkar is also reportedly interested to apply for the selector's job. The ex-India all-rounder is a veteran of 26 Test matches,  191 ODIs and  4 T20Is. He has 349 international wickets and a Test hundred at Lord's to his credit.

No official confirmation, though, has come in this regard.

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