BCCI set to appoint Gautam Gambhir, Madan Lal as members of the CAC

BCCI set to appoint Gautam Gambhir, Madan Lal as members of the CAC

Lal, based on his seniority, will head the selection committee.

Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir. (Photo credit should read MANPREET ROMANA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is mostly likely to appoint Gautam Gambhir and Madan Lal as members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). The members of India’s World Cup-winning teams will be picking the selection committees for the next four-year cycle from 2020 onwards. The third member is likely to be Mumbai-based Sulakshana Naik, former Indian cricketer.

Naik had played a couple of Tests and 46 ODIs and 31 T20Is and her career spanned 11 years from July 2002 to February 2013. The development of Gambhir, Lal and Naik’s appointment were put forth by a senior BCCI official.

Kapil Dev headed the previous CAC panel that re-appointed Ravi Shastri as the head coach of the Indian national cricket team. “Madan Lal and Gautam Gambhir are all set to be the CAC members,” the official was quoted as saying in Times Now.

Madan Lal waiting for a formal announcement

Lal, based on his seniority, will head the selection committee and Gambhir will be assisting him along with the third member. Lal, though, is waiting for a formal announcement before making any comments. “I don’t know if it’s fair on my part to make a formal comment or not as BCCI has not announced,” the veteran stated.

Lal has a contract as a cricket expert with a cricket channel. Hence, bearing in mind the same, he was asked about the Conflict of Interest Clause. Throwing light on the same, Lal said, “Let me first get my appointment letter and obviously there will be terms of reference and guidelines.”

In the meantime, a source, privy to the development, said that Lal was approached by the BCCI and he has accepted the offer. “Yes, they did ask Madan for his consent and he had told them it will be an honour to be on CAC. It doesn’t matter if it’s one meeting or half a meeting,” the source said.

Lal has played 39 Tests and 67 ODIs from 1974 to 1987, picking up 144 wickets. The 1983 World Cup final where he got three wickets remains to be the highlight of his career.

Gambhir, on the other hand, would be remembered for the knocks he played in the final of the 2007 T20 World Cup and the final of the 2011 50-overs World Cup in Mumbai.