One of the biggest reasons behind former cricketers not showing interest in becoming a part of India's senior selection committee was the salary offered by BCCI. The chairman of India's senior men's team gets a yearly package of ₹1 crore while the other four members get ₹90 lakhs each. The BCCI has promised to improve the number even that for Ajit Agarkar.
Agarkar will get the highest salary as chief selector of the Indian team amongst all previous chief selectors. BCCI decided to step up the game and according to the reports, they will take the final decision on Ajit Agarkar's remuneration in BCCI's Apex Council meeting on Friday.
In his first selection committee meeting, Agarkar and the other four selectors Subroto Banerjee, S Sharath, Salil Ankola, and SS Das, picked an Indian T20I side looking at the future. There was no place for Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in India's T20I squad for the five-match series against the West Indies as the new selection committee wants to look ahead.
Youngsters like Yashasvi Jaiswal and Tilak Varma earned their maiden call-ups while Avesh Khan, Sanju Samson, and Ravi Bishnoi returned to the squad. Jaiswal, 22, had a brilliant IPL 2023 season for Rajasthan Royals, scoring 625 runs from 14 matches – including the record for smacking the quickest fifty in the history of IPL off just 13 balls against Kolkata Knight Riders. He also scored a century (124 against Mumbai Indians) and four more half-centuries.
Varma, meanwhile continued this season where he left off last year for MI. Although the 20-year-old could not match his tally from IPL 2022, Varma's impact of 343 runs in 11 matches was much more. Tilak Varma played several crucial knocks including an unbeaten 84 off 46 balls in MI's IPL 2023 opener and a 17-ball 37 against Sunrisers Hyderabad which came at a strike-rate of 217.