Former Indian pacer Salil Ankola is making a comeback in the BCCI fold. The cricketer-actor has been named as the new selector of the men’s cricket team. The BCCI announced this news on Saturday, January 4th for Team India’s men’s cricket team.
Chairman Chetan Sharma will continue as the panel head of the new selector committee. The present selection panel includes Salil Ankola, Sridharan Sharath, Shiv Sundar Das and Subroto Banerjee.
Salil Ankola is a well-known figure in Indian households. He took up acting at the age of 28 after ending his bowling career. The right-arm pacer moved on to make a career in Bollywood and Indian Television working alongside Sanjay Dutt in a movie and playing the lead role in popular shows called Vikraal and Gabraal and Ssshhh…Koi Hai.
Ankola returned to cricket in a different capacity in 2020. Two years down the road, he now has become a part of the selector panel for Team India. Fans of cricket and Ankola are waiting eagerly for the new team formed by the new selection committee.
Ankola made his domestic cricket debut in the 1988/89 season for Mumbai and quickly rose to fame after just one season. A year later like Sachin Tendulkar, he was playing for the national team against Pakistan. Both Ankola and Tendulkar made their Tests debuts in November of 1989. Ankola was able to get 2 wickets under his name however, he wasn’t seen playing a test match thereafter.
Salil Ankola made his debut alongside Tendulkar
The right-arm pacer also made his ODI debut with Tendulkar that year. Vivek Razdan, a right-arm fast-medium bowler also made his debut in ODI in the 2nd ODI of India against Pakistan. Ankola gathered 2 wickets in 4 overs. He got a call back to the ODI team in 1993 and went on to play 11 overs for a year. In 1996, Ankola was chosen to be a part of the World Cup squad and made his debut against Sri Lanka. Just two years later, he retired from professional cricket and moved to act.
After more than two decades, Ankola returned to cricket in an off-field capacity and was appointed as the Mumbai cricket team’s chief selector. The Mumbai team later went on to win Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2021 and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2022 and made it to the finals of the Ranji Trophy in the 2021/22 season.