Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former Team India swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag is in the race to the next Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief selector.

As per sources, BCCI has been searching for a chairman of selectors for the senior men’s Indian cricket team since Chetan Sharma resigned from the post more than six months back following a sting operation by a television channel.

Former India opener and Odisha star cricketer Shiv Sunder Das, who has played 23 Tests, has replaced Sharma as chairman of the panel on a temporary basis. Currently, the other selectors in the panel are S Sharath (South), Subroto Banerjee (Central) and Salil Ankola (West).

With the ICC men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 to be played in India starting from October 5, BCCI is desperately looking to fill the vacant position at the earliest.

As per the rules by BCCI constitution, the chairman of selectors has to be from the North Zone to replace Chetan Sharma, who was from the same zone. The biggest name doing the rounds to fill the vacant post is Sehwag. However, the biggest huddle on Sehwag’s way is the remuneration offered by BCCI to the chief selector.

As per BCCI sources, the chairman of the senior selection panel currently earns Rs 1 crore annually and the four other members are paid Rs 90 lakh per annum. The former explosive opener may think about the job seriously only if BCCI approaches him with a decent package.