Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former Odisha cricketer and India opener Shiv Sunder Das is in contention to be appointed as the interim chairperson of the BCCI selection committee.

As per BCCI sources, Das is in contention for the all-important position following Chetan Sharma’s resignation from his post. Sharma gave his resignation following the controversies around the sting operation carried out by a television channel that rocked Indian cricket. 

Das has played 23 Tests for India, the most number among the current lot of selectors in the panel.

Earlier, Das was the coach at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and with the Indian women’s squad. He has also the experience as batting coach of Punjab.

As per reports, Sharma sent his resignation to BCCI Secretary Jay Shah who accepted it.

Earlier, in a sting operation, the 57-year-old was heard saying that Indian players have their own doctors outside cricket, who are always available for them.

Sharma also revealed that there was a huge clash of ego between former Indian skipper Virat Kohli and former BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, which eventually led to the right-hander batter’s ouster as the captain.

Notably, Sharma was reappointed BCCI’s chief selector after being sacked last year.

Sharma was reportedly in Kolkata along with other selection committee members for the Ranji Trophy final between Bengal and Saurashtra. They were there to select the Irani Cup team. However, once his resignation was accepted by BCCI, Sharma avoided the media and left for Delhi.