Former Indian international cricketer and current commentator Laxman Sivaramakrishnan is reportedly in the running for the role of Team India’s Chief Selector. Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) dismissed the entire selection committee on Friday, including Chief Selector Chetan Sharma, after recent performances by the men’s team fell short of the board’s expectations.
Sivaramakrishnan is rumored to be applying for the position of Chief Selector. This is not the first time that the former Madras cricketer has been eyeing the role of head of the BCCI selection committee. Earlier it was reported that Sivaramakrishnan is in the running to succeed MSK Prasad. He had strong support from his home state of Tamil Nadu and former president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), N Srinivasan.
There has been speculation about the new selection committee after the Chetan Sharma led selectors were sacked following the debacles of the 2022 T20 World Cup and 2022 Asia Cup. Insufficient management of pace ace Jasprit Bumrah’s injury is also seen as one of the reasons for the removal of the selector.
Who is Laxman Sivaramakrishnan?
A right arm leg spinner, Sivaramakrishnan bowled spinning deliveries at a time when leg spinners were considered a luxury in world cricket. Popularly known as Siva or LS, he first came onto the scene as a 12-year-old with a spell of 7 wickets for just 2 runs in a Madras inter-school championship match.
At the age of 15, he was part of the Under-19 India squad in 1980. He made a memorable first-class debut at just 16 years of age with a 7/28 spell in the 1981/82 Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Delhi.
He broke into the Indian Test team at just 17 years and 118 days, becoming the youngest debutant at the time and playing only three first-class matches.
His most memorable performance came in his second Test where he took India to an eight-wicket victory against England in Bombay, taking 12 wickets in the match. He was also the leading wicket taker at the Cricket World Cup in Australia.
A decline in form ended his promising career in India. Sivaramakrishnan continued to play first-class cricket and turned into a batsman in the later years. He won the Ranji Trophy with Tamil Nadu in 1987/88 making three hundred in the season.
Sivaramakrishnan was also part of the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings as the spin bowling coach in the 2018 season. He was named in the ICC cricket commission as a player representative in 2013.
BCCI invites applications for national selectors
The BCCI has invited applications for senior national selection committee positions. Recently sacked selectors Chetan Sharma (North Zone), Harvinder Singh (Central Zone), Sunil Joshi (Southern Zone) and Debasish Mohanty (Eastern Zone) had the shortest stint in recent period in a year or less. Normally, national selectors stay on board for four years.
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