Ajit Agarkar (file image)

Former team India pacer Ajit Agarkar, who on Friday applied for the national selector’s job, is a frontrunner for the chairman’s post, sources said.

Sources informed that a former chairman of Mumbai senior selection committee, Ajit Agarkar is in contention for the chairman’s post after the new BCCI constitution removed the provisions for the zonal system.

Ajit Agarkar played 26 Tests, 191 ODIs and 3 T20 Internationals for India and picked up 349 wickets across formats.

The Mumbaikar, who had scored the fastest half-century by an Indian in ODI cricket (50 in 21 balls), also scored 5 consecutive ducks (including two pairs) in test cricket against Australia.

For this “rare feat”, Ajit Agarkar earned the nickname “Bombay Duck”.

He has also scored a test century at Lords against England in 2002.

The lanky fast bowler is India’s third-highest wicket-taker in ODIs with 288 scalps. He is behind Anil Kumble (334 wickets) and Javagal Srinath (315 wickets).

He was also the quickest to 50 wickets in ODIs reaching the feat in only 23 games.

Complete list of former cricketers who have applied

Ajit Agarkar (Mumbai)

Chetan Sharma (Haryana)

Nayan Mongia (Baroda)

Laxman Sivaramakrishnan (Tamil Nadu)

Rajesh Chauhan (Madhya Pradesh)

Amey Khurasiya (Madhya Pradesh)

Gyanendra Pandey (UP, not eligible as completed 4 years as JR selector)

Pritam Gandhe (Vidarbha, has already served a term as Jr Natl selector)

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