The BCCI announced on Saturday that in the late 90s and early 2000s, one of India’s finest women cricketers, Neetu David, has been appointed as the chairman of the Women’s Selection Committee. The other members of the panel are Mittu Mukherjee, Renu Margate, Aarti Vaidya and V Kalpana – all former Indian players.
The four-year term of the previous panel, led by Kala, ended in March 2020. Sudha Shah, Anjali Pendharkar, Shashi Gupta and Lopamudra Banerjee were the other members in this. Her last assignment was selecting the team for the Women’s World T20 in Australia, where India finished runners-up.
David set a world record for best bowling in an innings – 8/53 in the Test against England at Jamshedpur in 1995.
“Based on seniority, the former left-arm spinner, Neetu David, will lead the five-member committee,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a statement. “He is the second highest wicket-taker for India in WODIs with 141 scallops and was also India’s first to take 100 WODI wickets.”
The BCCI did not name a new selection panel, inviting criticism from several quarters, but the reasoning behind the delay was the absence of any cricket activity due to COVID-19-forced lockdown.
India’s women’s cricket would get back to the UAE with a three-team Women’s Challenger Series and for this, the BCCI was required to form a new women’s selection panel. There were a lot of applications but former left-arm spinner David, who was India’s highest wicket-taker in the WODIS before overtaking Jhulan Goswami, was the top contender. He took 141 wickets in 97 matches.
David played 10 Tests in which he took 41 wickets. He retired from international cricket in 2008.
“Neetu is a big name in Indian women’s cricket and she stands tall. I do not think anyone can question Neetu’s credibility for becoming the head of the selection panel, ”a senior BCCI source told PTI on condition of anonymity.
Among those who applied for positions on the selection panel, former Maharashtra left-handed batsman Aarti Vaidya, who played three Tests and six ODIs between the mid-to-late 90s, was a contender from the West Zone.
From the eastern region, Mithu Mukherjee’s name was rounded. She was part of the previous panel and did not complete her full term. There is still at least two years left for his term.
“It is true that Mittu has been thrown out, but it is not known whether he will finally get the assignment. There are not many names from the eastern region, ”the source said.
Renu Margaret, a strong candidate from the central region, was a medium pacer, who played for India in five Tests and 23 ODIs in the late 90s. 45-year-old Margaret represented the Indian Railways in the national tournament. The fifth candidate in the panel is 59-year-old Venkatachar Kalpana, who played three Tests and 8 ODIs between 1986 and 1991 as a wicketkeeper-batsman.
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