The newly named chairman of the junior national selection committee, Sridharan Sharath has already started to plan out for his role knowing that his job will be more challenging due to the ongoing pandemic in the country. Apart from Sharath, Harvinder Singh Sodhi (Central), Kishan Mohan (North), Ranadeb Bose (East) and Pathik Patel (West Zone) complete the five-member committee.
“I am planning to travel to Bengaluru and meet Dravid. He has been working with the kids for some time now and knows talent when he sees one. He will be our guiding light. We are planning to have a lengthy discussion with him and chalk a roadmap,” said Sridharan Sharath to TOI.
The previous Under-19 World Cup held in South Africa saw India finish as Runners-up in the tournament that was left in charge of the former Indian Cricketer Rahul Dravid. The Former Tamil Nadu Skipper is likely to meet Dravid who is currently seeking a reappointment into the National Cricket Academy as the director. This meeting is said to happen in the coming few weeks. There has been no age group cricket that has been played in the country for well over a year due to the pandemic situation. States have recently allowed the players to begin with their usual training for the last couple of months. Sharath feels that the selection committee should be running against the clock to pick the most sustainable players to represent India at the Under-19 World Cup that is scheduled to take place next year in the West Indies.