Former star all-rounder and a World Cup winner Mohinder Amarnath could be back as India cricket’s chief selector in September, media reports suggested on Thursday. Son of the famous Lala Amarnath, Mohinder was dropped from the senior national selection panel in 2012.
Amarnath made a controversial exit after reports suggested that he wanted Mahendra Singh Dhoni to step down as captain after India lost eight Tests on-the-trot in Australia and England. Insiders say BCCI boss N. Srinivasan was not amused at Amarnath’s proposal and got him dropped. Dhoni stepped down as Test captain after the Boxing Day Test at MCG in December 2014.
There is a new management in BCCI and Srinivasan’s waning powers could see the return of Amarnath, who represented India in 69 Tests and 85 ODIs. He was part of the 1983 World Cup-winning Kapil’s Devils. (Also Read: How Former Chief Selector Srikkanth Took On Amarnath)
“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,” Amarnath had said last year. (When BCCI Distanced Itself From Amarnath’s Views on Dhoni)
With the aggressive Virat Kohli replacing Dhoni as Test captain, Amarnath would certainly be pleased. Should Amarnath return as chief selector, it would be interesting to see how he deals with Dhoni, who remains India’s captain for limited overs cricket.
Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar could also return as a selector. His first stint lasted two years from 2006 to 2008. Vengsarkar is now a vice-president of the Mumbai Cricket Association.
Meanwhile, former India wicketkeeper-batsman Deep Dasgupta is a strong contender for the post of national selector from East Zone when Saba Karim’s tenure ends in September this year. According to well-placed sources, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), whose turn it is to select the candidate from East Zone, wants Dasgupta but another former Bengal captain Devang Gandhi’s name might also be discussed.
“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 (who is also the BCCI president) and joint secretary Sourav Ganguly,” an influential CAB official told PTI on Thursday.
Dasgupta, 38, who had played eight Tests and five ODIs for India during the 2001-02 season, is a former Bengal captain who has played 83 first-class matches.
(With inputs from PTI)