LEGENDARY batsman Mark Waugh is considering an offer to become a national selector.
Waugh will decide this week whether he will accept an offer from Cricket Australia to join the new selection panel in July.
It has been strongly rumoured current selection chairman John Inverarity will not seek reappointment after his contract runs out in June, although he claimed this week no decision had been made.
However, the biggest impediments to Waugh joining the selection panel are his media commitments.
Channel 10 confirmed they have re-signed Waugh, Adam Gilchrist and Damien Fleming, who gained favourable reviews for piloting Ten’s first season Big Bash coverage.
Cricket Australia has always hoped either Steve or Mark Waugh, respected as fine talent judges with strong, to-the-point opinions, would accept a selector’s role. Until now their private commitments have not permitted them to do so.
Mark is uncertain whether time will permit him to accept the job but he is giving it deep thought.
“I am still speaking to them (Cricket Australia),’’ Waugh said. “I am weighing up the commitment to time away from home and how it will affect my media commitments.
“I am keen to get involved as a selector but I am not sure about the timing at the moment. It is quite a big commitment.
“Every time the Australian team is overseas there has to be a selector there. Then you have commitments back in Australia, plus the Australia A side.
“You have to decide whether you want to juggle that and spend time away from home.
“I am definitely interested but I have not made up my mind yet.’’
Waugh said if he accepted the selector’s role there may be times when he had to choose his words more carefully as a commentator, but he believes he could do both roles.
“I enjoyed commentating on the Big Bash because they are a good bunch of guys and we get along well,’’ Waugh said.