BCCI chief may appoint new selector today

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Chandigarh, Dec 3 (UNI) With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) taking a firm stand and chairman of the selection committee Dilip Vengsarkar refusing to budge, Board president Sharad Pawar is likely to nominate some one from the West Zone as his replacement.

The BCCI President is authorised to nominate a national selector for the remaining period in case the post falls vacant due to some reason.

The names of Chandu Borde and Anshuman Gaekwad are being prominently discussed for the coveted post.

BCCI joint secretary MP Pandove told UNI,''Vengsarkar in his letter had informed the Board that he can continue only if his demands (removing restrictions on writing columns) are accepted.'' Since the Board has taken a firm stand, Vengsarkar's resignation in all probability will be accepted and Sharad Pawar would appoint a new selector from the West Zone tomorrow for the remaining period.

Meanwhile, cricket Dronacharyana Desh Prem Azad is of the opinion that Vengsarkar should have ''resigned then and there when he was told not to write columns in newspapers. By writing articles, Vengsarkar may praise performance of some players and may at the same time criticise others.'' However, he added that,''a chairman of the selection committee should not be banned from entering the dressing rooms of the players and interact with them.'' Azad suggested that the BCCI should appoint 'talent spotters'.

While disagreeing with the Board's policy to have zonal selectors, Azad said,''it was not humanly possible in our vast country for our selectors to watch all matches to review the performance of the players. Talent spotting must be done by the former cricketers of the area. The spotters should report to the junior selectors about the promising youngsters they had identified. Then the identified players should be called for trials for selection for the uniform pattern of coaching.'' UNI

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