GREATER NOIDA/MUMBAI: The BCCI has taken decision to continue a five-member national selection committee in spite of of Lodha Panel to counsel a three-member body.
"You can't have three selectors in a country as vast as India. The Board wants to pick five selectors because reducing the numbers to three isn't going to help Indian cricket." BCCI said.
Candidates have been given September 14 as the deadline to apply for the post of selectors.
“The criteria must be fulfilled by the candidates which involves an age cap of 60 years with an experience of one Test or ODI or 50 first-class matches.” BCCI said.
Indeed, even the criteria chose by BCCI is distinctive to what has been recommended by Lodha, which needs just Test cricketers to wind up selectors. "The way that BCCI has set out the conditions for the selectors implies it is not kidding about naming a crisp pack. Lodha board's recommendations on administration are being considered by the board, yet the board can't manage even in cricketing matters," a BCCI official said.
A source near the Lodha board, nonetheless, protected the change about framing a three-part group. "Three individuals would be sufficient, in light of the fact that they'd be bolstered by a three-part 'Cricket Talent Committee,' which would be in charge of scouting ability around the nation, and educating the selectors about it.
This advisory group would comprise of three previous First Class players (who would've played at least 20 matches), so it's not as though we are disregarding the accreditations of previous First Class players.
"We prescribed ex-Test cricketers to be selectors, since they'd have a thought of the considerable number of conditions the world over. Don't you search for comparative experience when you employ an India mentor?" said the source. "We're glad however that the BCCI is at any rate setting the changes proposed by us in movement, regardless of the possibility that somewhat. Their turn to employ the selectors in an expert way is an empowering sign for the future," he finished up.
Safeguarding the age top of 60 years for the national selectors, BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke told TOI: "The majority of the previous players who've served their four-year term as selectors are more seasoned than 60. We have to energize new faces. We don't need ex-cricketers who're excessively old (above 60), and who would've never played a significant part of the shorter types of the amusement."