India news September 21, 2016

MSK Prasad to head India's selection panel


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Former wicketkeeper MSK Prasad has been chosen to succeed Sandeep Patil as the chairman of India's selection panel. The decision was taken at the BCCI's 87th annual general meeting in Mumbai, after the board had invited applicants for the selection job for the first time.

Prasad had been part of the previous selection panel headed by Patil since November last year. Former offspinner Sarandeep Singh, and former batsmen Gagan Khoda, Devang Gandhi and Jatin Paranjpe were the other four selectors named in the five-member panel.

Last week the BCCI had announced it would choose national selectors for the men's, women's and junior selection panels via an interview process for the first time, discarding the previously used zonal method. On Wednesday, a top BCCI official said that despite the three new selectors in the panel - Sarandeep, Gandhi and Paranjpe - belonging to different zones, the appointments had been made on the basis of interviews conducted over the last two days.

However, by picking a five-member selection panel, the BCCI went against one of the Lodha Committee recommendations that was approved by the Supreme Court in its July 18 order: to trim the selection panel to three members. The Lodha Committee also said only former India Test players should be eligible to be appointed to the men's and women's selection committees, provided they had been retired from the game for at least five years. Khoda and Paranjpe have not played Test cricket.

The BCCI's eligibility criteria, however, stated: "He/She should have represented the Indian team either in a Test match or a one-day international or more than 50 first-class matches in India, in a team selected by the BCCI to be considered for the senior national selection committee."

BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke said the selection process involved only himself, BCCI president Anurag Thakur and chief executive Rahul Johri, and that they had not sought input from either the Cricket Advisory Committee or other former cricketers.

"A lot of applicants came and we also got a first-hand insight into what their ideas are, what they wish to do and their vision," Shirke said after the AGM. "We have got an insight into the kind of manpower that is available to take up different positions in different places within the BCCI. We were very impressed by the inputs given by almost all the candidates."

When asked about Prasad's relative lack of experience as international cricketer, Shirke said: "Two selectors had finished their four-year terms, the maximum that is granted to anybody. We have filled it up and the senior most person has been elevated to the chairman's post."

Prasad said his appointment was a "great honour". "I have a clear-cut vision about how we are heading to the 2019 World Cup. I always have kept notes about what I want to do for the 2017 Champions Trophy, for the 2019 World Cup. There is a lot of planning. The best thing is we have watched as many domestic matches as possible. We have done tours to Zimbabwe, Australia only at the end of the season. Because we have watched so much domestic cricket last year we have a succession chart and jotted down names for three different formats. Sandy bhai's team has done a fantastic job. It makes more sense for us to continue with it and move ahead."

Prasad made his international debut in 1998, in an ODI against Bangladesh. He played the first of his six Tests in 1999 against New Zealand at Mohali. In 2000, however, he was dropped from India's Test squad and did not play international cricket again.

He played 96 first-class matches, scored 4021 runs at an average of 27.73 and effected 266 dismissals. He also hit 1719 runs in 88 List A games. Prasad was appointed Andhra's captain for the 2007-08 Ranji Trophy season, but announced his retirement in 2008. He also served as Andhra Cricket Association's director of cricket for six years.

Shirke also said the tenure of the current ombudsman Justice (retired) AP Shah had come to an end, but the BCCI had not decided on a new appointment. "We have to look at a fresh appointment," he said. "'Fresh appointment' includes everything - it could be extension, it could be new and that is to be decided. We have other urgent matters that we need to address even before that."

Arun Venugopal is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo. @scarletrun

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  • Narendra on September 23, 2016, 10:07 GMT

    This is most important turning point in the history of BCCI. Four of the five selectors are from smaller cricketing states. Each one of them were known as "Ranji heroes and test zeroes" and carried their state teams for more than a decade. This selection panel for the first time makes cricket a moffusil game in every real sense of the term. It is quite an achievement that none of that except of Venkatesh Prasad, none of the recognizable stars from metropolitan cities actually figure in any of the panels. Very interesting time ahead.

  • Bharat on September 22, 2016, 16:19 GMT

    BCCI could have had a better selection committee keeping in view the 2019 World Cup.There were many players who have better experience than these five. Kapil Dev Retired in 1994 after 131 test matches Md.Azharuddin 99 tets till 2000 Akash Chopra 10 tets rill 2004 Md.Kaif 13 tests upto 2006 Shiv Sunder Das 23 tests upto 2002 Murli Kartik 8 tests upto 2004 Sadagopan Ramesh 19 tets upto 2001 Pravin Amre 11 tests upto 1993 All of these players performed well and perished suddenly ! I am not aware if a committee can be formed by invitation.........

  • Ali on September 22, 2016, 9:39 GMT

    I think the BCCI have given the powers of selection to advisory committee which has Sachin, Sourav and Laxman though not making them directly responsible. This selection panel simply implies that they will just give a nod to what the advisory committee decides. That's why I think they have not included any cricketer or administrator who has a bigger stature than the 3 members of advisory committee.

  • Swapnil on September 21, 2016, 18:29 GMT

    Hmmm. I guess I missed the cut here again. Had applied for coach's post earlier too. They picked a better one in kumble. But selectors, I doubt.

  • Anil on September 21, 2016, 17:01 GMT

    What bother me is: those who never were good enough to play a Test will now select players for a Test--even as this job is pretty much ornamental. The job is not at all hard! 80% of the team will be retained always, so they will have to pick the remaining 20% (that is, 2-3 players at the most, who will most probably warm the bench). That is the reason why there should be only three, and not five of them. MSKP talks about his vision and planning for future tournaments. What is he talking about? A tournament is always planned by the coach, captain, vice captain and the senior players; they are not going to change. A selector has no role there, except to pick some bench-warmers to ferry water bottles at the grounds.

  • Vikram on September 21, 2016, 16:42 GMT

    What's the big deal here? Having sneered at the Lodha Committee's recommendations, his tenure is going to be very short lived anyways!

  • Vishwa on September 21, 2016, 16:23 GMT

    Though none of them are as successful as some people wanted them to be, I see a positive in this type of selection. If they are prompt in their duties, they are the best people to pick raw talent and provide them enough chances. I am sure they might have gone through lot of hardship during their playing days and understand how it feels when not selected when they really deserve selection.

  • raj2010382241 on September 21, 2016, 14:13 GMT

    @CRICFAN64746726 hello Mr which state u belongs to ???? what mistake did u find from msd? give a correct solutions...

  • Nevil on September 21, 2016, 14:09 GMT

    @CRICINFOUSER. M.S Dhoni should have retired after 2015 WC or at least after the 2016 T-20 WC. Dhoni has lost his ability to finish games which is evident from the series against Zimbabwe and West Indies. I have said in my earlier comment that Dhoni is on the team on the basis of his past exploits. You cannot term Virat as a MSD product. Virat has talent which along with hard work made him the best in the current generation. I would have agreed with you if you had said Raina or Jadeja as MSD product. And do you think India will playing without a WK when Dhoni retires? Sanju Samson, RR Pant, Ishan Kishan are some of the best in available WKs domestic cricket who if groomed properly can replace Dhoni. KL Rahul is also a good choice if he can improve his wicktetkeeping.

  •   cricfan16896223 on September 21, 2016, 13:34 GMT

    Rahul what do u know about rayudu .he is a better odi player than rahane he is averaging 50 plus in odi.we all know he can play fast he and manish should be india no. 4 and 5

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