The BCCI has decided to give an extension to the team of three Indian selectors headed by MSK Prasad until the next Annual General Meeting (AGM). It has been learned that Prasad and his panel was given temporary extension as the date of the AGM is yet to be finalized.
As quoted in PTI, a BCCI official said, “Yes, the senior national selection committee has been handed over a temporary extension. Now the tenure of that cannot be ascertained as no one knows when the AGM will be held.”
Normally, selectors’ contract is renewed every year. It starts from September 1 of a particular year and ends on August 31. However, in the current scenario where Committee of Administrators (COA) is in charge, the AGM is yet to be held as hearing is still on in Supreme Court.
BCCI official also said, “Till Supreme Court passes the final order and the Lodha Constitution is formally adopted at the AGM, no decision can be taken. “Since September, the selectors were out of contract. As per norms, selection committee can only be changed at the AGM. So we have to continue with this current lot as of now even if it means the extension is for a few months.”
The three-member selection panel headed by former gloveman Prasad also comprise Sarandeep Singh and Devang Gandhi. While the panel initially gathered a lot of praise for its clear thought process, of late they have drawn flak when they announced that Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were rested from limited overs series against Sri Lanka.
During the “rest”, Ashwin worked his way hard in four County and three Ranji Trophy games. Consequently, Ashwin was not picked for the Australia and New Zealand limited overs series.
In another scenario, recently retired Ashish Nehra in a media conference contradicted Prasad’s claim that the senior pacer was told that he was being considered only for the New Zealand T20. There are questions raised about Sarandeep’s contribution as one senior BCCI official is pretty unhappy with his performance as a national selector.