India news August 15, 2011

Cricketers can become selectors five years after retirement

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • Romenevans 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.

  • jtggrehhtrhtrht on August 17, 2011, 0:56 GMT

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

  • CandidIndian 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_123 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.

  • getsetgopk 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.

  • 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

  • on August 16, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA THATS GR88888888888

  • 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

  • howizzat 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?

  • 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.

  • Romenevans 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.

  • jtggrehhtrhtrht on August 17, 2011, 0:56 GMT

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

  • CandidIndian 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_123 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.

  • getsetgopk 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.

  • 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

  • on August 16, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA THATS GR88888888888

  • 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

  • howizzat 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?

  • 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.

  • on August 16, 2011, 5:00 GMT

    Absolutely well said CoolGuy,, You were right..

  • coolguyrocks on August 16, 2011, 3:40 GMT

    I don't know what people have to comment about Sachin getting century or not...People say that whenever he hits a century, India loses....what happened in this series...he hasn't hit a century but India still lost... If you look into his records, then you'll know that his centuries have come more in matches where India won...so come on guys..Grow up...Cheers to Indian Team..all the best...

  • AzyS on August 16, 2011, 1:34 GMT

    A great Decision for the Good of Indian Cricket.. It was great to be no.1 but was very humiliating the way we lost... things can only get better from here.. our boys have all the talent in the world but take time to acclimatise on overseas tours so a simple solution for this is to play atleast 2\3 - three day practise games or the one-day series before every test series.. also we need to have a solid bench-strength and that too which is in touch regularly.. u can take the england lions as an example which is the backup for the national team.. rohit sharma, pujara, rahane, mukund, virat, vinay kumar, varun aaron, ashok menaria, murali vijay, saurabh tiwari, ambati rayadu, manoj tiwari, parthiv patel, saha, jaydev unadkat, manish pandey and other consistent performers will get a chance to stake a claim for a place in the national sqaud and be constantly motivated to give their best... d recent Emerging tournament is an example abt the same... overall its jst a win-win situation fr india

  • sreesam on August 16, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    Give India a break!! They are the World Champions...they thrashed Australia, Pakistan (Pakistan always gets thrashed by India in a World Cup match, LOL), and Sri Lanka. They lost this series, but will come back strongly!! They have been #1 for 2 years for a reason.

  • Blushi on August 15, 2011, 22:46 GMT

    NOTHING NEW IN INDIAN TEAM !!

    THEY CAN PLAY IN INDIA ONLY, THAT'S HOW THEY BECAME NUMBER ONE AND NOW IT SEEMS THAT, IT'S OF BEGINNING OF END FOR INDIAN TEAM !!

    DON'T WORRY CHAMPIONS LEAGUE IS COMING NEXT MONTH AND AGAIN EVERYONE FORGETS THE ENGLAND TOUR..

    BCCI MUST TAKE ACTION IF THEY CAN, WHICH I DON'T THINK SO.. HOW COME THEY SELECTED UNFIT PLAYERS FOR SUCH A BIG TOUR ? SELECTORS MUST BE UNDER THE PUMP !! C'MON SACHIN SHIFT GEAR MAN ! WHENEVER YOU HIT CENTURY TEAM NEVER WINS ON THAT PARTICULAR MATCH !!

  • Alexk400 on August 15, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    Nothing will change as long as india do not have fast bowler. Gamguly or no Ganguly , India need fast bowling acadamy with kids above 6feet. Anyone can be fast bowler but i prefer tall and strong people who don't get tired easily compared to short people. We want people to play 60% capacity and still great at bowling.

  • on August 15, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    I guess Kumble suggested Ganguly's name as selector so they changed the rule to 5 years from 10 to see him as chairman of selection committee in 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!! hurrayyyyy

  • on August 15, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    India lost last match with their best batting attack . . . . Indian batsmen can score only at home or against weak teams.

  • on August 15, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    I hope Ganguly becomes chief selector in 2013!

  • on August 15, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    Sehwag,Gambhir,Mukund,Kohli,Rahane,Pujara,Rohit Sharma,,Dhoni will be batting lineup for test in 12 months time

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 15, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    I don't care about the BCCI's legislation with regards to becoming a selector. What I DO CARE is how the BCCI is going to build a team for the future. Even some of the youngsters have failed on this trip. I don't wish to see the likes of Raina, Yuvraj ANYMORE in the team. They are fit for the limited over formats. We need PROPER test match caliber players. The BCCI should invest a lot of money to improve the nation's domestic infrastructure, beginning with better pitches. They can import soil from SA, Australia to do so. They are the game's SUPERPOWER. In spite of this loss, the BCCI must schedule more test cricket. The public should be encouraged to support test cricket. Do that by reduced ticket prices and entirely free admission on day 5. Lastly, the hunt for the next all rounder must begin underway. Young boys should be encouraged to just bowl FAST without thinking about line and length. So a lot on the plate for the BCCI after this series.

  • agam99 on August 15, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Great decision by BCCI. Way to go !!!

  • on August 15, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    GRT SO WE CAN SEE EITHER SACHIN /GANGULY/DRAVID AT AGE 45 .. AS SELCTORS

  • on August 15, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    LOL- They care about money !! anyways every body in the world does so :P

  • LordOfCric on August 15, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    That is one good news, Make ganguly selector he is the one who changed Indian cricket. He developed the team that took India to the top and MS Dhoni getting rewards of Ganguly hard work. He is a fighter, he knows which guy can be useful and which needs close attention.

  • ut4me87 on August 15, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Rule change for selectors mean that Kumble & Ganguly will be available earlier and that will be good for Cricket India.

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  • ut4me87 on August 15, 2011, 15:50 GMT

    Rule change for selectors mean that Kumble & Ganguly will be available earlier and that will be good for Cricket India.

  • LordOfCric on August 15, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    That is one good news, Make ganguly selector he is the one who changed Indian cricket. He developed the team that took India to the top and MS Dhoni getting rewards of Ganguly hard work. He is a fighter, he knows which guy can be useful and which needs close attention.

  • on August 15, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    LOL- They care about money !! anyways every body in the world does so :P

  • on August 15, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    GRT SO WE CAN SEE EITHER SACHIN /GANGULY/DRAVID AT AGE 45 .. AS SELCTORS

  • agam99 on August 15, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Great decision by BCCI. Way to go !!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 15, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    I don't care about the BCCI's legislation with regards to becoming a selector. What I DO CARE is how the BCCI is going to build a team for the future. Even some of the youngsters have failed on this trip. I don't wish to see the likes of Raina, Yuvraj ANYMORE in the team. They are fit for the limited over formats. We need PROPER test match caliber players. The BCCI should invest a lot of money to improve the nation's domestic infrastructure, beginning with better pitches. They can import soil from SA, Australia to do so. They are the game's SUPERPOWER. In spite of this loss, the BCCI must schedule more test cricket. The public should be encouraged to support test cricket. Do that by reduced ticket prices and entirely free admission on day 5. Lastly, the hunt for the next all rounder must begin underway. Young boys should be encouraged to just bowl FAST without thinking about line and length. So a lot on the plate for the BCCI after this series.

  • on August 15, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    Sehwag,Gambhir,Mukund,Kohli,Rahane,Pujara,Rohit Sharma,,Dhoni will be batting lineup for test in 12 months time

  • on August 15, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    I hope Ganguly becomes chief selector in 2013!

  • on August 15, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    India lost last match with their best batting attack . . . . Indian batsmen can score only at home or against weak teams.

  • on August 15, 2011, 21:22 GMT

    I guess Kumble suggested Ganguly's name as selector so they changed the rule to 5 years from 10 to see him as chairman of selection committee in 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!! hurrayyyyy