Sourav Ganguly reveals the criteria to become India's next Chief Selector

Sourav Ganguly reveals the criteria to become India’s next Chief Selector

The immediate task of the Cricket Advisory Committee [CAC] will be to pick replacements for outgoing national selection-panel.

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo by Samir Jana/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The BCCI, on Friday, appointed former cricketers left-arm pacer and the member of the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup-winning team RP Singh, the 1983 World Cup winner and former coach + selector Madan Lal and Sulkashana Naik as the members of the Cricket Advisory Committee [CAC].

The immediate task of the Cricket Advisory Committee [CAC] will be to pick replacements for outgoing national selection-panel led by chief selector MSK Prasad whose 40 months stint came to an end on January 24.

According to Hindustan Times, now the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] Sourav Ganguly has revealed that the chairman of the committee will be the one who has played the most numbers of Test matches for India, toeing the line of the BCCI constitution which says that ‘the senior-most Test cap from among the members of the committee shall be appointed the chairman’.

“It will be the one with the most Tests,”-  Sourav Ganguly 

The Cricket Advisory Committee, who also has the responsibility of selecting the coaches of the national sides [men + women] was not in existence ever since the likes of former Indian cricketers Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad, and Shantha Rangaswamy stepped down from their role last year following the conflict of interest issue leveled against them.

Ajit Agarkar and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan prime contenders to replace MSK Prasad

Speaking of people who have applied for the job is former all-rounder Ajit Agarkar (Mumbai), the first-ever Indian cricketer to take a hat-trick in One-Day cricket, Chetan Sharma (Haryana), former wicketkeeper Nayan Mongia (Baroda), former leg-spinner-turned commentator Laxman Sivaramakrishnan (Tamil Nadu) and other former cricketers like Rajesh Chauhan (Madhya Pradesh), Amey Khurasiya (Madhya Pradesh).

The BCCI’s yardstick for selecting the senior national selector is he should have played at least seven Test matches, 30 First-Class matches for his state, 10 ODIs and 20 List-A fixtures. Speaking of the prime contenders, former India cricketers Laxman Sivaramakrishnan and Ajit Agarkar are looking well ahead in the race to replace MSK Prasad as India’s chief selector. The new selection committee will choose India’s squad for the One-day International series against South Africa.