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BCCI selection committee: Venkatesh Prasad, Vijay Dahiya among 80 applicants

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reported to have received around 80 applications for the appointment of the new selection committee.

By: | Published: September 16, 2016 11:04 AM
Former Indian Bowling coach, Venkatesh Prasad features as a top contender for the new selection committee. (Reuters) Former Indian Bowling coach, Venkatesh Prasad features as a top contender for the new selection committee. (Reuters)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is reported to have received around 80 applications for the appointment of the new selection committee. Though it is reported that most of these applications are not of serious contenders. Though the appointment of the Chief Selector still might not be easy. Sandip Patil, the former Indian cricketer and the part of the 1983 World Cup winning team , is currently serving as the Chief Selector for the Indian cricket team. His term of 4 years comes to an end at the Annual General Meet on September 21.

The selection process is to be made on the basis of personal interviews. According to India Today,  the prominent names that have appeared in the list fo applicants are Venkatesh Prasad, who has also served as India’s bowling coach in the past, former wicket-keeper Nayan Mongia, Kolkata Knight Riders coach Vijay Dahiya. Among others, former fast bowlers Abey Kuruvilla and Amit Bhandari, former spinners Nilesh Kulkarni, Aashish Kapoor and Gyanendra Pandey have also applied.

The BCCI though has made its criteria for the appointment of the selectors, quite clear. The selection criteria for the senior panel says that the applicant must have represented the Indian team in an International test or One Day International or played 50 first-class matches in India. Though these criteria are in direct violations of the directions of the Lodha Committee which has stated that only former test players would qualify for the appointment for the senior men’s selection committee and only former India internationals are top been eligible for the women’s team. BCCI has stated that the junior team’s selection committee applicants can only qualify if they have had an experience of 50 first-class matches in India. The Lodha committee had, however, directed that the desired applicant must only have the experience of at least 25 first class matches under his belt. the shortlisting of the candidates is an ongoing process and the new selection committee is to be appointed on the BCCI AGM in September.

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