Mohinder Amarnath, India’s 1983 World Cup winner is in line to be named as the next chief selector of the Indian national cricket team. With the tenure of Sandip Patil coming to an end in September, the odds of Amarnath taking over seems considerably high.
A key reason behind Amarnath’s rise could be the lack of influence which N. Srinivasan now has over the functioning of the BCCI. It must be remembered that in the past Srinivasan and Amarnath did not share the best of relations within the BCCI.
Amarnath also was India’s selector till 2012, after which he was dropped for having negative views about then test captain MS Dhoni. After the successive whitewashes to England and Australia, Amarnath had made it clear that it was time to strip Dhoni off the captaincy. But then N. Srinivasan, being the man in charge of the BCCI intervened and rather showed Amarnath the door.
This is what Mohinder Amarnath had said back in 2012 regarding MS Dhoni. “Dhoni is a defensive captain who allows opposition to make a comeback in the game. His record is good at home pitches only like any other Indian captain. There is nothing special about it. We need aggressive captains like Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi to win matches abroad.”
If Amarnath indeed becomes the selector, then things within the BCCI will surely spice up. With Dhoni and Amarnath sharing cold vibes, the two could have possible conflicts, as Dhoni still remains in charge of the limited overs teams.
Along with Amarnath, even Dilip Vengsarkar could become a selector. Vengsarkar had previously served as the selector of the Indian team from 2006 to 2008.
From the East Zone, it could be Deep Dasgupta who could head the selections operation. Dasgupta would take over from Saba Karim. “Deep is an acceptable candidate for all the powerful people in the CAB. However since it is a cricketing decision, it will depend on CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya and joint secretary Sourav Ganguly,” said a CAB official.