Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar has been named the chairman of the selection committee of the Mumbai Ranji cricket team. He will be chairman of the selection committee of the senior and the U-23 teams for the Mumbai cricket teams. The other members who have been included in the selection committee are Nilesh Kulkarni, Jatin Paranjape and Sunil More.
Agarkar will be taking over from Milind Rege, whose 3-year stint as the chairman was terminated by the Mumbai Cricket Association. The decision to remove Rege and appoint Agarkar was made in a meeting of the Cricket Improvement Committee of the Mumbai Cricket Association.
Speaking on his appointment, Agarkar told Times of India, “I’ve been around Mumbai cricket for a while now… maybe not so much in the last couple of years as much, but I keep a track of what’s happening around the city. If you can spot the right players, have unbiased views towards them, then it isn’t a tough job.”
Agarkar has played 26 Tests for India picking up 58 wickets. He was also a key ODI bowler for India playing 191 ODIs and picking up 288 wickets. He was a cornerstone of the Mumbai Ranji team for many years and also captained the Mumbai team to their 40th title in the Ranji Trophy in 2013 and announced his retirement from cricket a year later. Recently, he has been working as a cricket analyst.