Former India pacer Salil Ankola named Mumbai chief selector

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Written by Devendra Pandey
| Mumbai |

Updated: December 16, 2020 9:10:26 pm





Salil Ankola performed for India within the 90s and was a part of India’s 1996 World Cup squad. (Source: File)

Twenty-three years after his final affiliation with the sport in an official capability, former India pacer Salil Ankola has been appointed chairman of the senior choice committee by the Mumbai Cricket Association. Former left-arm spinner Sanjay Patil, Ravindra Thaker, Zulfiqar Parkar and Ravi Kulkarni have would be the different selectors.

Ankola had utilized for the position of Mumbai coach, aside from the selectorial job, and the Lalchand Rajput-led Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) felt he’ll swimsuit the position of selector for now. Ankola performed one Test and 20 ODIs within the 1990s earlier than switching to a profession in tv and movies.

“I had given them (MCA) options. I wanted to be coach or selector. I just wanted to get myself involved. I just wanted to be part of the game and help the boys. I had earned enough money, now it’s about satisfaction of my soul. I have been seeing that our team is not doing well for the last few years and the least I can do is to try and bring Mumbai back to its former glory,” Ankola informed The Indian Express.

The first main process for Ankola and Co. might be to pick out the workforce for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 event which must report back to its bio-secure hub by January 2. The BCCI can have six such hubs, with the 38 member groups divided into teams.

Ankola stated {that a} return to cricket had been on his thoughts for a very long time. “I was an actor by default and cricketer by heart. Cricket was always my first love. I always dreamed to play for India. Cricket comes naturally to me. For the past few years, I was telling my wife that I want to come back to cricket; last year we decided that let’s go back into the game. I spoke to my close friends and they also said that I should come back,” he provides.

The 52-year-old former pacer is conscious that cricket has modified since his taking part in days, and so have the cricketers. He calls himself a “silent spectator” who has been following cricket intently.

He explains: “When we used to play, we had a different breed, it was a different generation. Time has changed, one has to adapt to the changes in life. Cricket has also changed. It will be a challenge for us to bring back Mumbai to its old glory.”

The final time Ankola was seen on a cricket discipline was in 1997. “My life has been full of challenges. It is nothing new for me. We are going through a phase where we have to build a team for Mumbai. What better time to come back than this? When the sailing is smooth, there is no point in sailing.”

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