Sachin Tendulkar Joins New BCCI Chief Selector for Lunch
Former Indian cricketer Ajit Agarkar has been appointed as the Chief Selector for the Indian men's cricket team by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Agarkar, who had a successful career as an all-rounder, represented India in 26 Test matches, 191 One Day Internationals (ODIs), and four Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is). He also played a significant number of domestic matches, including 110 first-class games, 270 List A matches, and 62 T20 matches.
Agarkar, known for his pace and swing bowling, was a crucial part of the Indian team that emerged victorious in the inaugural T20 World Cup held in South Africa in 2007. He played a pivotal role in India's success during that tournament. Additionally, Agarkar holds the record for the fastest half-century by an Indian batsman in ODIs, achieving the feat in just 21 balls against Zimbabwe in the year 2000.
On Tuesday, following his appointment as the BCCI chief selector, Agarkar was seen having lunch with legendary cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh. Sachin Tendulkar, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time, shared a photo of the lunch on Instagram. In the caption, Tendulkar mentioned that friendship and food were two things that brought them together. The image garnered a lot of attention, with fans expressing their excitement about the reunion of these cricketing legends.
The photo shared by Tendulkar received a comment from another cricketing great, Brian Lara, who jokingly mentioned that he only had a brief encounter with them. Lara, known for his sublime batting skills, expressed his envy towards their get-together and humorously stated that he could only say a quick "hi" and "bye" to them while referring to his golfing commitments.
Prior to his role as the BCCI chief selector, Agarkar had taken up responsibilities as the Chief Selector for the senior Mumbai Team and had also been involved in coaching duties with the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL). His experience and expertise in cricket administration and coaching played a crucial role in the BCCI's decision to appoint him as the Chairperson of the Men's Selection Committee.
The Men's Selection Committee, led by Agarkar, also includes Shiv Sundar Das, Subroto Banerjee, Salil Ankola, and Sridharan Sharath. These individuals, with their vast cricketing knowledge and experience, will be responsible for selecting the Indian team for upcoming international fixtures and tournaments.
Agarkar's appointment as the BCCI chief selector has generated excitement and anticipation among cricket fans and experts alike. With his rich playing career and understanding of the game, Agarkar is expected to bring a fresh perspective and contribute to the development of Indian cricket.
As the BCCI chief selector, Agarkar will play a crucial role in shaping the future of Indian cricket by identifying and nurturing young talent, making strategic decisions regarding team selection, and ensuring a balanced and competitive Indian team across all formats of the game. His leadership and expertise will be instrumental in steering Indian cricket in the right direction and maintaining its position as a global powerhouse in the sport.