BCCI sacks senior men’s selection committee and invites fresh applications

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BCCI sacks senior men’s selection committee and invites fresh applications

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has terminated its senior men's selection committee and has invited fresh applications. The decision

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has terminated its senior men’s selection committee and has invited fresh applications. The decision has been taken in light of BCCI’s responsibilities as a national governing body to provide a transparent and effective selection process.

The former senior selection committee chief, MSK Prasad, was appointed for an annual term in September 2016 but his tenure was extended for an additional year till the conclusion of the 2019 cricket world cup. He was joined by Gagan Khoda, Jatin Paranjpe, Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh on the committee.

The fresh applications are invited to fill five positions – Chairman of the Sri Lanka national senior selection committee, Chairman of the Domestic Cricket Committee and three other members of the selection committee. The new appointments will attain full-time employment with BCCI and will report direct to the BCCI office.

The BCCI has made clear that the selection process for appointing the new committee members will be based on merit. Selection criteria for the posts have been outlined and applicants who fulfil these requirements can apply for any one or all of the five positions.

The BCCI’s decision to bring in fresh selections committee members is a commendable move towards beneficial development of Indian cricket. It will ensure transparent usage of funds to strengthen the national team and provide an ideal platform for young players to excel in the game.

The tenure for the new appointments will begin from 15th August 2019 and last for three years until 15th August 2022. Candidates who have the necessary qualifications and experience in coaching, selection and player management should submit their application before the extended deadline of 5th August 2019.

BCCI Sacks Senior Men’s Selection Committee and Invites Fresh Applications

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has issued a notice inviting fresh applications for the post of chairman and members of the senior men’s selection committee. The selection process has been initiated after the board decided to sack the existing committee, comprising chairman MSK Prasad, Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh.

Existing Selection Committee Asked to Step Down

The BCCI executive committee at its meeting held on September 11, 2019, decided to remove the existing senior men’s selection committee and put an end to their tenures. The decision was taken after taking into account the following points:

  • The term of the selection committee which was appointed on September 20, 2016.
  • Their performance and the tenure of the Indian team while they have been in charge.
  • The changes related to cricket operations and domestic players initiated by BCCI.

The existing selection committee will continue to serve as a part-time panel until the new set is appointed.

Inviting Applications for Fresh Selection Committee

The board is now inviting applications for the post of chairman and three members of the senior men’s selection committee. The emphasis has been placed on seeking a qualified individual to lead the team, one who has the passion and commitment to continue the great work that has been done by the outgoing senior men’s selection committee.

The BCCI has set out four criteria to screen the applications and appoint the new selection committee:

  • First-class cricket experience.
  • A thorough understanding of the game.
  • Good knowledge of modern coaching techniques.
  • Good communication and decision making skills.

The applications could be sent by email or post to the BCCI offices in Mumbai before October 20, 2019. The board is yet to announce the names of the new senior men’s selection committee.

As India gears up to start the home season with a T20I series against Bangladesh, the BCCI has set into motion the process to appoint the new selection committee that will be responsible for selecting the best possible team for upcoming matches.

Conclusion

This step is a refreshing change from the BCCI, who mostly relied on the same ex-cricketers for the post of selectors for years. The board’s decision to invite fresh applications and give opportunity to those with knowledge, expertise and an enthusiasm for Indian Cricket is a positive step and should ensure that the best panel is chosen for the selection process.

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