Speculation is rife that former cricketer Mohinder Amarnath may be replaced by Roger Binny as a selector and may lose out on becoming the chairman of the national selection committee apparently following differences with incumbent chairman K Srikkanth.
Though no BCCI official is willing to come on record, it is reliably learnt that Amarnath may not get an extension in the committee following differences with Srikkanth on captaincy and selection issues.
Amarnath, who played for India in 69 Tests and 85 ODIs, joined the committee last year amid indications that he would take over from Srikkanth as the chairman when his tenure comes to an end in September this year.
However, instead of Amarnath, another former cricketer Roger Binny’s name is now doing the rounds as the next chairman of the selection committee.
A top BCCI source said that Amarnath did not appear to be on the same page with Srikkanth and some other selectors, particularly on the captaincy issue. He is said to be keen on replacing Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the Test captain following the debacle in England and Australia last year.
Amarnath, on his part, sought to scotch speculation over his differences with fellow selectors amid indications that he may be axed from the five-member panel during the Board’s upcoming AGM scheduled on September 14.
“I have had no problems in selection matters. I have absolutely no knowledge of speculation about my future in selection committee. I can tell you that there are certain things which are personal and should be kept that way,” Amarnath told PTI.
When specifically asked on Amarnath’s differences with selectors and BCCI, a top Board official said on condition of anonimity that selection matters are not brought out in public domain.”We have no comments to make on such issues”, he said.
When DDCA general secretary Sneh Bansal was contacted, he said, “I can confirm that DDCA never had any issues with Mr Amarnath.