Venkatesh Prasad, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Sunil Joshi in race for chief selector – cricket

It might be a 3-manner race for the subsequent chief cricket selector with three former India bowlers from south zone—Venkatesh Prasad, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and Sunil Joshi in competition. Interviews for the 2 vacant posts in the 5-member nationwide choice committee shall be carried out right here on Wednesday.

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The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Madan Lal, RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik had their first assembly on the BCCI headquarters on Tuesday to shortlist the candidates for interviews. “The new selection panel will select the team for the South Africa (ODI) series,” BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly, mentioned. The three-match collection begins on March 12 and the primary sport shall be performed in Dharamsala.

It’s learnt the interview listing has been pruned to 5 and BCCI is anticipated to stay to zonal illustration in the appointment of the brand new choice panel. Former India off-spinner Rajesh Chauhan and former India seamer Harvinder Singh, each from central zone, have additionally been known as as much as current their case earlier than the CAC.

Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar had additionally utilized and was seen because the frontrunner for the chief selector’s publish, however misplaced out due to the zonal formulation as Jatin Paranjpe is already a west zone selector. Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh are the opposite present selectors, from east and north zone respectively.

As per the brand new BCCI structure, the ‘seniormost Test cap’ would change into chief selector. Ganguly had earlier clarified to HT that it meant ‘the most capped Test cricketer’.

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Amongst the candidates, Prasad has performed essentially the most Tests (33). But whether or not he can serve a full time period is in doubt as he has already served as a junior selector—he headed the panel—for two-and-a-half years. Former left-arm spinner Joshi, additionally from Karnataka, has performed 15 Tests whereas Sivaramakrishnan, from Tamil Nadu, has featured in 9.

Chief selector MSK Prasad and Gagan Khoda have completed their time period and would have been changed if the AGM had been scheduled on time final September. On Jan 31, the CAC was lastly shaped with former India participant, selector and coach Madan Lal as its seniormost member.

Earlier on Tuesday, outgoing chairman of selectors MSK Prasad had a gathering with BCCI officers. Prasad has been monitoring the progress of all-rounder Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan—all presently taking part in in the DY Patil T20 trophy in Mumbai publish harm layoffs. “They are all looking in good shape,” Prasad mentioned.

NO IPL IMPACT SEEN

With no less than six folks testing constructive for coronavirus in India this week, there was some issues of it having an influence on Indian Premier League, beginning March 29. However, BCCI officers don’t appear overly apprehensive at this stage. “There is no threat, but we are keeping tab on developments,” IPL chairman Brijesh Patel mentioned.

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Ganguly was dismissive in regards to the virus impacting IPL or any international gamers having reservations in taking part in in it. “We haven’t even discussed it yet,” he mentioned.

The South Africa crew is because of arrive subsequent week for the ODI collection with the Dharmsala sport to be adopted by matches in Lucknow (March 15) and Kolkata (March 18). “They are coming on schedule and there are no issues,” a prime board official mentioned.

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