Chetan Sharma, The Chief Selector For The Board Of Control For Cricket In India, Is Embroiled In A TV Sting Scandal
Chetan Sharma, the BCCI chief selector, was the center of a scandal on Tuesday after a television channel conducted a sting operation which supposedly revealed his private selection details. Sharma, who had been removed from his post after India‘s performance at the T20 World Cup in Australia, was seen criticizing players such as Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah in the video. The sting operation by Zee News also showed Sharma divulging details of his conversations with head coach Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli.
Sharma alleged that a number of players are using injections to hasten their return to cricket, even though they are only 80 to 85 percent fit. The ex–India speedster also claimed there was a disagreement between him and the team management concerning Bumrah‘s comeback from a stress fracture for the T20I series against Australia in September.
Bumrah still continues to be out of action, and will likely miss the entire four-Test Border-Gavaskar series and the three-match ODI series after that.
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Sharma also alleged that there was an ego tussle between former captain Kohli and former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. Sharma was unavailable for a comment when contacted by PTI.
It is learnt that the BCCI is looking into the matter, as national selectors are bound by contract and not supposed to speak to the media.
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The decision of whether Chetan‘s future lies with the BCCI will be left to Secretary Jay Shah. The query is whether Hardik Pandya, the T20 captain, and Rohit Sharma, the ODI and Test captain, would be comfortable attending a selection meeting with Chetan, given he has publicly revealed confidential information. This was said by a senior BCCI official who spoke to PTI under the condition of anonymity.