Sourav Ganguly Shares the Secret of India’s Next Chief Selector
By Shruti - Feb 1, 2020 10:15 pm
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Former India captain, as well as, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly shared some details about the next chairman of selectors. He said that one who has played most no. of Tests and not the earliest to have played for India will be fit for the role. On Friday, BCCI appointed former India cricketers Rudra Pratap Singh, Madan Lal and Sulkashana Naik as the members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) as well.

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly

However, their immediate task will be to pick up replacements for outgoing selectors MSK Prasad and Gagan Khoda. MSK Prasad’s long stint as the chairman of India’s national senior selection committee’s term came to an end on Friday, January 24

“It will be the one with the most Tests,” Sourav Ganguly was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times. The BCCI constitution also states that ‘the senior-most Test cap from among the members of the committee shall be appointed the chairman’.

The Cricket Advisory Committee, which is also supposed to choose the head coaches for the national teams, does not in existence now ever since Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy stepped down last year after the conflict of interest allegations were levelled against them as well.

Ajit Agarkar (Mumbai), Chetan Sharma (Haryana), Nayan Mongia (Baroda), Laxman Sivaramakrishnan (Tamil Nadu), Rajesh Chauhan (Madhya Pradesh), Amey Khurasiya (Madhya Pradesh) are some of the exciting names to have applied for the two vacant posts this time. However, former India cricketers Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and Ajit Agarkar are the front runners to replace MSK Prasad as India’s chief selector.

The BCCI’s qualifying yardstick for senior national selectors are:

1: Seven Test matches
2: 30 first-class matches
3. 10 ODIs and 20 first-class matches.

Along with this, every member of the selection committee should have retired from the game five years previously, as per the rules and regulations.