Neetu David appointed head of India girls’s choice committee

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Neetu David, considered one of India’s most interesting lady cricketers within the late ‘90s and early 2000s, has been appointed chairman of the women’s choice committee changing Hemalata Kala, the BCCI introduced on Saturday. The different members of the panel are Mithu Mukherjee, Renu Margrate, Arati Vaidya and V Kalpana – all former India players.

The four-year time period of the earlier panel, led by Kala, resulted in March 2020. It had Sudha Shah, Anjali Pendharkar, Shashi Gupta and Lopamudra Banerjee as different members. Their last project was deciding on the crew for the ladies’s World T20 in Australia, where India ended runners-up.

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David holds the world record for finest bowling figures in an innings in a Test – 8/53 towards England in Jamshedpur in 1995.

“On account of seniority, Neetu David, the former left-arm spinner, will head the five-member committee,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah mentioned in a press release. “She is also the second-highest wicket-taker for India in WODIs with 141 scalps and was also the first from India to take 100 WODI wickets.”

The BCCI didn’t name a new choice panel, inviting criticism from many quarters, however the rationale behind the delay was absence of any cricketing exercise as a result of COVID-19-forced lockdown.

India’s girls’s cricket will get back to motion with a three-team Women’s Challenger Series within the UAE and for that, the BCCI was required to type a new girls’s choice panel. There had been quite a lot of purposes however the former left-arm spinner David, who was India’s highest wicket-taker in WODIS earlier than Jhulan Goswami surpassed her, was the highest contender. She took 141 wickets in 97 games.

David performed 10 Tests wherein she had taken 41 wickets. She retired from worldwide cricket in 2008.

“Neetu is a big name in Indian women’s cricket and has the stature. I don’t think anyone can question Neetu’s credentials to become head of selection panel,” a senior BCCI supply had advised PTI on the situation of anonymity.

From amongst those that have utilized for posts within the choice panel, former Maharashtra left-handed batswoman Arati Vaidya, who performed three Tests and 6 ODIs between mid to late ‘90s, was a contender from the west zone.

From the east zone, Mithu Mukherjee’s name had been doing the rounds. She was a part of the earlier panel and didn’t full her full time period. She still has a minimum of two years left in her tenure.

“It’s true that Mithu has been sounded out but it’s not known whether she would finally get the assignment. There aren’t too many names from the east zone,” the supply had mentioned.

A powerful candidate from the central zone was Renu Margrate, a medium pacer, who performed for India in 5 Tests and 23 ODIs within the late ‘90s. The 45-year-old Margaret represented Indian Railways within the nationwide tournaments. The fifth candidate within the panel is 59-year-old Venkatacher Kalpana, who performed three Test and eight ODIs between 1986 and 1991 as a wicketkeeper-batter.

[Attribution HT]

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