India news August 15, 2011

Cricketers can become selectors five years after retirement

ESPNcricinfo staff

Retired cricketers can now become selectors in the BCCI's senior selection committee five years post-retirement as opposed to ten years as was the case earlier, a source has told ESPNcricinfo. The decision taken at a BCCI Working Committee meeting on Monday means a wider pool of cricketers will be eligible to be part of the selection committee, which is appointed for a period of four years.

India's performance in England, where they have been beaten comprehensively and trail the four-match Test series 0-3, was something the source said the BCCI was concerned about it, though there will not be any review of the tour till after it has been completed.

ESPNcricinfo has learned that Anil Kumble, who attended the meeting as president of the Karnataka Cricket Association, strongly suggested the BCCI review the performance of the national side in England in a rational and clear-sighted manner, particularly when it came to issues of player burn-out and overuse. The quantity of cricket some of India's players have been involved in since the start of the year has been pointed to by several analysts and ex-players as a possible reason for India's dismal performance in England.

There was also concern over the BCCI president Shashank Manohar having to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED), a division of the Finance Ministry, presumably in connection with alleged financial irregularities in relation to the IPL. Manohar appeared before the ED on August 10 for a meeting that reportedly lasted for a couple of hours, and the concern in the BCCI had to do with the board being subjected to scrutiny by the Indian government. In June this year, India's sports minister Ajay Maken proposed a bill that would bring all national sports federations, including the BCCI, under the purview of the country's Right to Information Act (RTI) to ensure greater transparency.

"We will not allow them to be not answerable to the public," Maken was quoted as saying by DNA while speaking about the proposed bill. "Since the NSFs' plea of not coming under RTI has been rejected by the Supreme Court, we will have all NSFs including BCCI under the RTI Act."

The Annual General Meeting of the BCCI has been scheduled for September 19.

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  • Kavin on August 17, 2011, 4:24 GMT

    Suggest to BBCI (i Know they won't listen but still) - When you prepare for tours like England, SA and Australia, where the conditions are overcast, pitches are made for pacers with green grass. Then why not create a stadium and similar conditions in northern part of India, where conditions are similar throughout the whole year. For example, Dharamshala cricket stadium and condition are similar to English conditions there. So why not prepare same pitches there and send the team 2-3 week before there, to prepare themselves for similar conditions? It can be easily done, if the intentions are there to play for the nation. But it won't happen because they are running around for money and rubbish IPL. The intent and hunger is missing.

  • rrrr on August 17, 2011, 0:56 GMT

    after sachin laxman dravid retire india will not bas as good as they are now

  • Gaurav on August 16, 2011, 22:16 GMT

    Good decision by BCCI ,now they should make the committee of professional coaches and fitness trainers to encourage bowlers in India to ball at 140 plus,may be make more sporting pitches too.If India has to compete with SA,Aus and Eng ,pace of the bowler is the key.

  • Sharib on August 16, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    Indian cricketer's need a break at the moment they are playing non stop cricket it is not going to help by any means we don't have world class bowler's& allrounder's our strength is our batting lineup if they fail to click it will be tough for our bowlers to get 20 wickets so our team management should be very careful before any big series.

  • Amjad on August 16, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    And whats the selectors going to do? Pick RP Singh instead of Ishanth Sharma and Munaf Patel ahead of praveen kumar? And when they fail in upcoming Australia series switch back to Ishanth and PK? This pathetic bowling attack wont make it to club level let alone spear head bowling attack of a quality team but its Indian bowling attack we're talking about so anything goes.

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2011, 9:49 GMT

    India have played in South Africa in the last 2 years and drawn the series. Our last tour of India was with an opening partnership of Jaffer and Karthik, hardly brilliant yet we won AWAY FROM INDIA. It is only a matter of time when India will beat the Aussies in their country after we comfortably beat them in India 2-0. SL and Pakistan apparently don't count as they have the same grounds as India. So there you have it India have not lost a series away from home in 3 years apart from this 1 English tour

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2011, 9:34 GMT


  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    How about Kumble's Selection? it will be fair if Kumble become selector as he knows in and out of the BCCI and the performance of the cricketers so if he become selector we will get a very good team in the future

  • laxman on August 16, 2011, 6:09 GMT

    Scrap Zonal basis for the selection panel. Form a selection committee of three consisting of a batsman a bowler and an all-rounder. Say, Vengsarkar - Kumble - Mohindar Amarnath. The senior among them shall head the panel. BCCI shall then appoint Talent Hunters at different catchment areas who will then feed it back to the selectors. Sea then the change. There will be sea of change. By the way the selectors were paid handsomely. THen where is the accountabilty?

  • Dummy4 on August 16, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    One point is very clear since 2008...........Just after IPL, we thrashed like the same as in England. Same will happen in future too.

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