Srikkanth likely to replace Vengasarkar

Published: Friday, September 19, 2008, 14:42 [IST]
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SrikkanthKolkata: India's former dashing opener Krishnamachari Srikkanth is likely to replace Dilip Vengasarkar as the Chairman of Selectors according to a report as his term is set to finish later this year.

The general body meeting of the (AGM) board is due to take place at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai on September 27 and 28. BCCI have decided to start paying its selectors, but the hunt for right candidates is turning out to be arduous. There is no shortage of keen ex-players, but the problem is that most lack the stature and experience.

Its not sure weather Srikkanth will accept the post as he is already committed to many lucrative TV assignments. Kris Srikkanth is also the ambassador for the Chennai Super Kings franchise of Indian Premier League. The BCCI will pay an annual honorarium of Rs 25 lakh to each of five selectors of the national selection committee.

The BCCI has not made it any easier for itself by laying down certain eligibility criteria like candidates should have retired 10 years back and that they cannot hold any post in any state association. There is every possibility that these requirements will either be modified or scrapped by the AGM under pressure from several units

Kris Srikkanth (Profile)

Full name : Krishnamachari Srikkanth

Born : December 21, 1959, Madras

Age : 48 years 273 days

Major teams : India, Tamil Nadu

Batting style : Right-hand bat

Bowling style : Right-arm medium

Srikkanth made his One Day International debut against England in Ahmedabad in 1981, followed two days later by his Test debut against England at Mumbai. He made his debut at the age of 21 as an opener of the Indian team to partner Sunil Gavaskar. Srikkanth redefined batting with his power hitting and he gave so wonderful starts to the team against even the toughest of oppositions. He was gifted with good eye and super quick reflexes. Consistency was not his forte. With more technical batsman in the side during his times like Gavaskar, Vengsarkar, Mohinder Amarnath, Shastri etc, he could fancy hitting the bowlers all over.

Srikkanth played 43 Tests for India, scoring 2,062 runs at an acceptable average of 29.88. His style was better suited to one-day internationals, where he compiled a significantly better record of 146 matches for 4,091 runs at a good average of 29.01. He also bowled off spin regularly in ODIs, taking 25 wickets at a very good average of 25.64. He also lost his flamboyance after he became captain of the Indian team.


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