Mumbai: Former India and Mumbai fast bowler Abe Kuruvilla is in the race to fill one of the 3 vacant posts in the national selection panel. These posts are vacant in the selection committee after completion of the tenures of Sarandeep Singh (North Zone), Devang Gandhi (East Zone) and Jatin Paranjpe (West Zone).
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It has been learned that Kuruvilla, who played 10 Tests and 25 One Day Internationals, applied for this post on November 13, 2 days before the deadline was over. Kuruvilla has taken 25-25 wickets in both Test and ODI formats.
Kuruvilla had previously been a part of the Junior Selection Committee till 2008-12 and was the chairman of the committee when India won the Under-19 World Cup in 2012. This year he was also made the chief selector of Mumbai.
The 53-year-old fast bowler hailing from Navi Mumbai, however, will get a tough fight against former India and Mumbai fast bowler Ajit Agarkar (Ajit Agarkar), who is being considered as a strong contender for the post. Agarkar has also been the chief selector of Mumbai.
The Cricket Advisory Committee headed by Madanlal will select the selectors. RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik are also included in this committee. The committee selected Sunil Joshi (South Zone) and Harvinder Singh (Central Zone) in a 5-member committee in March this year.