Vinod Kambli (TOI Photo)
MUMBAI: Former India batsman Vinod Kambli, who played 17 Tests and 104 ODIs in the 90s, has applied for the post of junior national selector. The BCCI had advertised for the post of five junior national selectors on April 14, and the last date to apply was April 26.
“Yes, I’ve applied for this post because I want to give something back to Indian cricket, which has given me everything. I want to work on developing the bench strength of our team, and help the BCCI unearth talented youngsters,” Kambli confirmed to TOI on Monday.
The 49-year-old Mumbaikar scored 1084 runs in Tests, including four hundreds, and 2477 runs in ODIs, inclusive of 14 fifties and a couple of hundreds. In a prolific first-class career, the stylish left-hander scored 9,965 runs in 129 first-class email@example.com, with 35 hundreds and 44 fifties.
Kambli is currently a member of the Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC).
In its advertisement, the BCCI said the selected candidate will have to pick all age group teams up to Under-23 and Under-22 challenger teams. The previous selection committee was headed by former India off-spinner Aashish Kapoor, with Gyanendra Pandey, Rakesh Parekh and Debasis Mohanty being the other members. Mohanty was promoted to the senior selection panel in January.
The BCCI said that the applicants should have played 25 first-class matches, represented a state in the Ranji Trophy and retired at least five years previously.
The new panel will pick the squad for the Under-19 World Cup scheduled to be held next year in New Zealand.