A few days ago it was reported that Sandeep Patil has asked the Board for an extension of six months as a role of chief selector, just a few days later he has got confirmation that he and his team have been given an extension till December i.e. for another 4 months.
This is the second extension which Patil has got as his contract ended last year but Board last year decided to give him another go. So it can be said that this is Patil’s third stint as chief selector.
Earlier in the month of June when BCCI advertised for the post of head coach of Indian cricket team, Patil was one of the aspirants but it was Anil Kumble who emerged as the real winner in the end. Patil shifted his interest back to the role as a selector and now this extension will be a relief for him.
Patil was appointed as the head BCCI selection committee on 27 September 2012 after he replaced the former opener of Indian cricket team Kris Srikkanth. This is probably his last stint as a selector but we still may see him being linked with BCCI playing some other role for them.
Patil will have a big responsibility to choose the best team for the upcoming big home season as this is the best chance for the Indian team to climb up to the first rank in ICC Test rankings.