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Update Salil Ankola appointed as Mumbai's chief selector

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Salil Ankola, who played one Test and 20 ODIs in the 80s and 90s has been named by Mumbai's chief selector for the forthcoming curtailed domestic season.

The other members of Ankola's committee, picked by the Mumbai Cricket Association, are Sanjay Patil, Ravindra Thaker, Zulfiqar Parkar and Ravi Kulkarni. Curiously, with just 24 days to go before the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy (set to begin from January 10), the MCA, in a release, said that it would announce the name of the coach shortly.

Like many other Mumbai pacers of his generation, Ankola, 52, was a product of the BCA-Mafatlal Fast Bowling Scheme, where he was coached by English bowling great Frank Tyson. Interestingly, the only Test he played, in 1989 against Pakistan at Karachi, was batting legend Sachin Tendulkar's debut Test too.

After taking two Test wickets, 13 ODI scalps, and featuring in 54 first-class matches in which he took 181 wickets, with best figures of 6-47, Ankola retired at the age of just 28 to pursue a career as an actor, and appeared in several TV serials and films.

The selection committee was picked by the MCA's Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC), which is headed by former India opener Lalchand Rajput. "Ankola is a former India player who wanted to give something back to the game, which is why applied for the job and showed keen interest. Our committee made him the chief selector because we felt that he was the only former Test cricketer amongst the applicants," Rajput told TOI.

"With this move, we have given a strong signal that we want more Test players to serve Mumbai cricket. Former cricketers who want to serve Mumbai cricket will be welcomed to do so by this committee. They will be respected and be given the opportunity to serve Mumbai cricket in various capacities."


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