Patil named India’s new chief selector


Former India batsman Sandeep Patil was named Thursday as the new chief selector ahead of home Test series against England and Australia, the country’s cricket board announced. The 56-year-old replaced Krishnamachari Srikkanth whose tenure saw India clinch the 50-over World Cup at home last year and rise to number one in the Test rankings. Patil, a member of the 1983 World Cup-winning team in England, retired from international cricket in 1986 with 1,588 runs in 29 Tests and 1,005 runs in 45 one-day internationals. The other selectors in the new five-man panel were Roger Binny, Saba Karim, Vikram Rathour — all former Test players — and Rajinder Singh Hans. “We wanted a person of sufficient stature to be the new chairman,” the Board of Control for Cricket in India president N. Srinivasan told the media in Mumbai. “And I think Sandeep Patil fits the bill. No one can question his credentials.” The selectors’ first assignment will be to pick the squad against second-ranked England, who arrive in India next month to play a four-Test series. India, currently fifth in the International Cricket Council Test rankings, will also play four Tests against Australia at home this season.