The cricket advisory committee had shortlisted five candidates for the nationals selectors job the interviews for which will be held on Wednesday in Mumbai. The Karnataka players Venkatesh Prasad and Sunil Joshi are on the shortlisted list along with three other players for the national selector’s job. Former India spinners Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and Rajesh Chauhan have also been called for interviews and so has been former India medium-pacer Harvinder Singh. The interviews will begin at 11 am IST.
The Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Madan Lal, RP Singh, and Sulakshana Naik shortlisted five candidates to replace outgoing selection panel chief MSK Prasad and fellow member Gagan Khoda. 44 applications were received for the job among those who had applied were former India pacer Ajit Agarkar, considered a front-runner for the job, and former wicketkeeper Nayan Mongia.
Talking about the same, a BCCI official told, “Agarkar’s name was very much considered but in the end, the CAC shortlisted Siva, Prasad, Chauhan, Joshi, and Harvinder. He can be considered when the tenure of the other three selectors (Jatin Paranjpe, Sarandeep Singh and Dewan Gandhi) ends”. Agarkar not being shortlisted also is an indicator that the Board is likely to stick to the existing zonal policy for the national selectors. The official added, “India is a huge country and zonal representation is needed”. Venkatesh Prasad already has some experience in the job, having been part of the junior selection panel. The 50-year-old played 33 Tests and 161 ODIS, taking 96 and 196 wickets respectively. 50-year-old Sivaramakrishnan played nine Tests and 16 ODIS and is a known commentator. Harvinder featured in three Tests and 16 ODIs. The others in the fray, Chauhan and Joshi, played 21 Tests and 35 ODIS, and 15 Tests and 69 ODIs respectively.
The new selection panel will pick the squad for the three ODIs against South Africa, beginning in Dharamsala on March 12,2020. Let’s hope that the new selection committee will select outstanding players for our Indian squad for the upcoming thrilling matches!