5 great international cricketers who went on to become selectors
Three Indians feature in this list of greats who were also part of the selection panel as well.
Whenever a team does well in any series (bilateral or a multi-team event), the players are lauded for their efforts, the coach and the support staff also are given credit for the team’s performance.
But there is one team (or committee) that usually doesn’t get noticed and that team is the committee of selectors.
The selectors pick the team for each series and never get noticed when the team does. Hence, here we look at five great international cricketers who became selectors for their countries.
#5 Lala Amarnath
The first Indian to score a Test hundred, Lala Amarnath was the chairman of selectors in 1959 when Australia toured India for a five-match Test series. Although India lost that series, it was a hard-fought one which Australia won 2-1.
The Punjab-born player had retired in 1952 and became the selector in 1959. He did lose his prime cricketing years due to the Second World War as he played just three Tests till 1934. But Amarnath did play 21 Tests later on, but he didn’t quite have a big impact.
One interesting stat that Amarnath holds is that he is the only bowler to have dismissed Sir Don Bradman hit wicket.
Overall, he has taken 45 wickets in his Test career. He has also scored 878 runs in 40 innings at an average 24.38.
These stats might not be impressive but he was considered a father figure in Indian cricket history.