BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, on Friday, revealed that the next chairman of selectors will be the one who has played the most number of Tests, instead of the one who has played for India the earliest.
This comes at the back of the appointment of former India cricketers Madan Lal, Rudra Pratap Singh (RP Singh) and Sulkashana Naik as the members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) on Friday.
The CAC’s immediate role would be to scout the replacements for the outgoing selectors MSK Prasad as well as Gagan Khoda. MSK Prasad’s 40-month long stint as India’s national senior selection committee’s chairman will formally end on Friday, January 24.
“It will be the one with the most Tests,” the Hindustan Times quoted Sourav Ganguly as saying.
The BCCI constitution also states that ‘the senior-most Test cap from among the members of the committee shall be appointed the chairman’.
Apart from choosing the next set of selectors, the CAC is also tasked with picking the head coaches for the national teams. The post was vacant since the last year after Kapil Dev, Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad resigned in 2019 following ‘conflict of interest’ allegations against them.
Some of the names who have applied for the role of Chief Selector include Ajit Agarkar (Mumbai), Nayan Mongia (Baroda), Chetan Sharma (Haryana), Rajesh Chauhan (Madhya Pradesh), Laxman Sivaramakrishnan (Tamil Nadu), Amey Khurasiya (Madhya Pradesh).
However, going by Ganguly’s statements, it seems that former India cricketers Ajit Agarkar and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan will fancy themselves to fill in MSK Prasad shoes as India’s chief selector.
The BCCI’s minimum criterias to be eligible for the senior national selectors are:
1: 7 Test matches
2: 30 first-class matches
- Ten ODIs & 20 first-class matches.
Furthermore, it is mandatory that every applicant of the selection committee has retired from the game 5 years before the application.