The BCCI on Thursday appointed a three-member Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) including former India Cricketers Ashok Malhotra, Sulakshana Nail & Jatin Paranjpe. The elite committee along with the BCCI will now be responsible to take crucial decisions about the Indian team.
Coming to the CAC members, Ashok Malhotra has played seven Test fixtures & 20 ODIs for India. On the other hand, Jatin Paranjape has featured in four ODIs for India. Sulakshana Naik who was part of the previous CAC comprising Madan Lal & RP Singh will continue to be part of the newly elected Cricket Advisory Committee. Sulakshana was appointed as a member of CAC in January 2020 for a period of one year while Malhotra had previously served as the President of the ICA. For the unversed Parajpe was a part of the senior selection committee until now.
The previous members of the advisory committee Madan Lal & RP Singh had to leave their positions due to several reasons. Madan Lal became ineligible to continue as he crossed the age limit of 70 while RP Singh joined Mumbai Indians as Talent Scout.
What will be the immediate Goals of CAC & BCCI?
The first important goal of CAC will be to select a new selection committee along with BCCI as the previous National Committee headed by Chetan Sharma was sacked following India’s humiliating loss in the semifinals of the T20 World Cup 2022. BCCI’s deadline for applying for the post of selectors was 28th November & around 60 people applied for the same. The criteria set by the BCCI for the post of sleectors is that the candidates must have played at least seven Tests or 30 first-class fixtures or 10 ODI fixtures & 20 first-class matches to become eligible for the post of selector in the National Selection Committee. And the candidate should also have retired from the Indian cricket team at least five years ago.
They would also discuss spilt coaching & split captaincy whereby Rohit Sharma might be asked to step down from his post of T20I Captain & Hardik Pandya would take over as T20I Captain. Other crucial matters such as a review of the T20 World Cup, a review of current coaches, selection committee’s rotation policy could be the agenda of discussion for the newly appointed CAC.