The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Thursday (December 1) has announced the appointment of a three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).
The newly-appointed members are Ashok Malhotra, Jatin Paranjape and Ms Sulakshana Naik. On the other hand, Madan Lal and Rudra Pratap Singh will discontinue from the setup.
Malhotra has represented India in 20 ODIs and 7 Tests. He scored a total of 683 runs, with two fifties. Paranjape garnered 54 runs in four ODI innings and was a part of the Senior Men’s Selection Committee. Sulakshna featured in 79 international matches across three formats for the Indian cricket team, and continues to be part of CAC.
According to BCCI regulations, the selection committee has been appointed by CAC. However, the committee had been without a head since October after Madan Lal turned 70.
The former pacer RP Singh decided to end the stint after his tenure ended. This was due to him joining the Indian Premier League franchise, Mumbai Indians as a talent scout.
CAC to begin the procedure of appointing BCCI senior selection committee
In its first-ever task, the CAC will get together for appointing the senior selection committee. The Chetan Sharma-led five-member BCCI selection panel was dissolved by the top brass after the Men in Blue failed to find title success in Asia Cup 2022 and T20 World Cup 2022.
Furthermore, the selectors appointed eight different captains in a span of one year and failed to reward IPL or domestic performers. The workload management of some players was also a big issue during their tenure.
After a humbling 10-wicket defeat of India to the England cricket team in the T20 WC semi-finals, Indian fans lashed out at BCCI selectors for their choices of players during the tournament. Owing to intense pressure, the apex board took a stern decision to employ a fresh setup for World Cup 2023.
According to reports, Nayan Mongia, Ajay Ratra, Shiv Sunder Das and Maninder Singh have applied for the India selector post. All the individuals have rich experience in coaching roles and are quality contenders.
BCCI have put minimum qualification as, seven Tests or 30 first-class matches, or 10 ODIs and 20 first-class matches. Moreover, they should have retired five years ago, and be under the age of 60.