The BCCI has shortlisted former India cricketers Sunil Joshi and Harvinder Singh for the replacements of the two outgoing national selectors, MSK Prasad and Gagan Khoda. Oshi and Harvinder are among the group of five people who ave been shortlisted as the final two selectors are expected to be finalized on Wednesday.
The Indian squad for the home series against South Africa is now expected to be picked by the new selection panel as the shortlisted candidates will appear before the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) for interviews in Mumbai on Wednesday. The three-member CAC, headed by former India all-rounder Madan Lal, met on Tuesday with BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah.
The other candidates, who have shortlisted and will appear for the interviews before the CAC, are Venkatesh Prasad, Rajesh Chauhan, and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan.
Former India left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi, who represented Indian in 15 Tests, is well on the verge of becoming the chairman of the selection committee, citing his coaching experience across the globe. The tenures of MSK Prasad and Gagan Khoda are already over while there are still a few months left for Jatin Paranjape, Sarandeep Singh, and Devang Gandhi on the panel.
BCCI may likely continue with its policy of one selector from each zone as Sarandeep Singh, Devang Gandhi, and Jatin Paranjpe from north, west, and east zones are ongoing in the existing committee.
Besides Madan Lal, RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik are the other members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC will be screening the shortlisted candidates for the posts left vacant by chief selector MSK Prasad (South Zone) and Gagan Khoda (Central Zone) as their tenures have ended.
For the second selector, it could be a close contest between former India pacer Harvinder Singh, who has played for Punjab and Railways, and Rajesh Chauhan.