The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) move to bring in Mohinder Amarnath in the selection panel from North Zone had a motive behind it. The former India all-rounder, who was already in the Indian Premier League's (IPL) Governing Council, was sounded out at the last hour about the selector's job that was up for grabs after Yashpal Sharma finished his four-year term. "Having Mohinder as selector would help us next year when (Kris) Srikkanth quits. We won't have to look for a chairman," a BCCI official said.
The hero of 1983 World Cup win, Amarnath, also seemed quite upbeat with the role he got. "I am looking forward to it," told MiD DAY. Asked about working together with long-time friend Srikkanth, Amarnath sounded excited. "It will be great working with Cheeka (Srikkanth) and so with other colleagues... I have also played with Narendra Hirwani, so that will obviously help," Amarnath added.
Having been instrumental in India's first World Cup triumph, Amarnath and Srikkanth will again join hands and that is where the chemistry between the two will be crucial for Team India. "We will now be colleagues in the selection panel. A good understanding between us will help," Amarnath felt.
Whether it will be a problem for him to work under the chairmanship of Srikkanth who is much junior to him, Amarnath completely trashed it. "In a job there's nothing called senior or junior. It's about working together to achieve excellence," he said.
Krishnamachari Srikkanth (chairman), Mohinder Amarnath, Narendra Hirwani, Surendra Bhave and Raja Venkat
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