New Delhi: When Mohinder Amamrnath became the national selector last year, it was believed that he would take over the reins of a chief selector from Kris Srikkanth in October 2012. Srikkanth and other selectors Narendra Hirwani, Surendra Bhave and Raja Venkat will complete their four years term as national selectors in October 2012, the most allowed by the BCCI.
But a report in Hindustan Times indicates that instead of Amarnath, former Indian fast bowler Roger Binny, the highest wicket-taker for India in 1983 World Cup, is slated to become the next chief selector. "It is more or less certain that let alone be the chief selector, Amarnath will no longer be a selector. And you cannot ask for a better candidate to anchor the Indian team's next phase than Binny," a BCCI insider told HT on Monday.
The report further stated that Binny’s high-profile colleagues in KSCA — president Anil Kumble and secretary Javagal Srinath — have been 'sounded' about Binny’s likelihood of 'being the next chief selector'.
Cricketnext.com reported in June that some North Zone state associations are miffed with Amarnath because he doesn't spend enough time in the zone he represents in the selection panel and stays in Mumbai and Goa.
Binny played 27 Tests and 72 ODIs for India and later coached the Mohammad Kaif-led U-19 team to the World Cup title in 2000.