Srikkanth likely to become chairman of selection committee

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Mumbai, Sep 26 (UNI) A change in guard is expected in the national selection committee with former India captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth in all probability tipped to take over as the chairman from Dilip Vengsarkar at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)'s Annual General Body Meeting, slated to be held here from September 27-28.

''Srikkanth is now almost certain to take over the chief selector's job, with the BCCI deciding not to give an extension to Vengsarkar,'' a BCCI source said.

Srikkanth, who also dabbles in cricket commentary, did not initially agree, but, it is learnt, that the former opener is now keen to accept the position.

It is also learnt that the none of the current selectors are likely to be retained in the new panel.

Yashpal Sharma may return to the panel from North Zone, while Surendra Bhave (West), Narendra Hirwani (Central) and Raja Venkat (East) could be the other likely replacements.

The source also said BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah, whose term also comes to an end, will hold a key position in the Board, though it is still not clear in what capacity he would be accommodated.

N Srinivasan, who is the present treasurer is expected to take over from Niranjan Shah as the secretary.

The AGM, will also see president Sharad Pawar stepping down and Shashank Manohar taking over the mantle of running Indian cricket.

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