BCCI President Sourav Ganguly had earlier said that the two new selectors of the national team would be appointed by the end of February. But as of Friday morning, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) had not decided when the interview of the eligible candidates will take place at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai. While speaking to IANS, sources said that the trio of Madan Lal, RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik were yet to be informed about the dates.
“No, as of Thursday night, the trio haven’t received anything with regards to when exactly the candidates will be interview for the posts left vacant by chief selector M.S.K. Prasad (South Zone) and Gagan Khoda (Central Zone) as their tenures have ended. It must be done soon as the team for the ODI series against South Africa needs to be picked in the first week of March as the first ODI is to be played in Dharamsala on March 12,” the source said.
Earlier, Lal had told IANS that he was expecting it will be done by March 1 or 2 as they had received the list of the eligible candidates by then.
“We have got the list, we will now shortlist the candidates. The three of us will tally after that and decide on who all to call for the final round of interviews. We should be out with the new selectors by March 1 or 2 before the boys return from the New Zealand tour. We have to finish this off as the new selectors need to sit down and pick the squad for the ODI series against South Africa which starts on March 12,” he had said on February 17.
Former leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and former speedster Ajit Agarkar are the two names frontrunner for the post of the chief selector which was left vacant by MSK Prasad. As per the rules, the senior most Test cap from among the members of the committee will take over the responsibility. Sourav Ganguly earlier made it clear, saying, “It will be the one with the most Tests.” However, Sarandeep Singh (North), Devang Gandhi (East) and Jatin Paranjpe (West) will continue their respective roles as well.