Amarnath’s stint as a national cricket selector in trouble

Mohinder Amarnath’s stint as a national cricket selector is in trouble, says a report in The Times Of India, adding that the former India batsman is the North Zone selector, charged with identifying talent in this region, but stays in Mumbai and Goa.

“As a result, according to sources in the board, some North Zone state associations are not happy that Amarnath doesn’t spend enough time in the zone he represents in the selection panel. There is strong indication that he may not continue as the North Zone selector September onwards. He may continue as a selector from some other zone. Ironically, Amarnath has played most of his domestic cricket for Delhi,” says the report.

“This is a serious issue with North Zone states and we are looking into it and if need be, we are going to make appropriate changes. But you cannot blame the selector as well because he does not stay in north India,” a top B CCI official told TOI on Tuesday. Attempts to reach Amarnath were unsuccessful, says the report.

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