Most capped Test player to become chief selector: Sourav Ganguly – cricket

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday appointed a 3-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising former cricketers Madan Lal, RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik. The CAC will conduct interviews to fill the 2 vacancies within the nationwide choice committee. Current chief selector MSK Prasad’s time period expired final September however has been requested to proceed until the method of discovering his alternative is full. Gagan Khoda is the opposite outgoing selector.

In a major clarification with regards to subsequent chairman of selectors, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly advised Hindustan Times that in a committee of 5, probably the most capped Test cricketer, and never the earliest to have performed for India, can be the chairman. “It will be the one with the most Tests,” he mentioned.

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There has been some confusion since a particular clause of the BCCI structure says ‘the senior most Test cap from among the members of the committee shall be appointed the chairman’. Numerous ex-cricketers like Ajit Agarkar, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Venkatesh Prasad, Rajesh Chauhan, Nayan Mongia, Chetan Chauhan, Nikhil Chopra, Abey Kuruvilla have utilized.

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If Sivaramakrishnan, with 9 Test caps, was shortlisted, would he become an automated alternative, as he’s the ‘senior most’, having debuted for India in 1983? Ganguly’s clarification nonetheless means Prasad (33 Tests) and Agarkar (26 Tests) stand an equal probability if shortlisted. Prasad has already served within the junior choice committee for one-and-a-half yr and there’s a authorized view that he’s not eligible to serve a full 4-yr time period as per the structure.

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As reported earlier, the opposite space of ambiguity stays on whether or not the BCCI is prepared to look past zonal concerns within the make-up of the choice committee. For instance, Jatin Paranjpe is already a selector from West Zone. Would that imply Agarkar, from Mumbai, stands no probability? “No, we shall see. India is a vast country, so we will try and keep zones in mind. But everyone who has applied and meets the given criteria, stands a chance,” a BCCI supply mentioned.

The appointments have to be made by the CAC, which has been mandated to do the job as per the brand new BCCI structure. The CAC, which has been given a one-yr time period, has no chairman, however 1983 World Cup winner Madan Lal is the senior-most member. Lal, 68, has performed 39 Tests and 67 ODIs from 1974 to 1987. He was additionally India coach in 1996-97, and subsequently served within the choice committee in 2000-01. “I have served in various capacities for Indian cricket and most importantly I am still involved with the game. We will look to do an honest job,” he mentioned.

Singh, the opposite member of the committee, has performed 14 Tests, 58 ODIs and 10 T20Is for India, and was part of MS Dhoni’s 2007 T20 World Cup profitable workforce. Naik, the one girls’s cricketer within the committee, has performed two Tests, 46 ODIs, and 31 T20Is from 2002 to 2012. “I would like to thank all the office bearers of BCCI to show confidence in me and I will be very happy to contribute for Indian cricket,” she mentioned.

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