Anurag Thakur

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday advertised for the post of the national selector of the Indian cricket team. In a newsletter issued by the Board, they have invited application for the post, along with that they have also mentioned the 14 conditions that an applicant must fulfil to be eligible for the post.

This time, BCCI has set an age bar for the post as no person above the age of 60 is eligible for the job, along with that an applicant who has previously served as a selector for a period of four years is not eligible for the job. Taking a lesson from the previous Ganguly-Shastri saga, BCCI has clearly mentioned that a person should be present for a personal interview whenever called for. This point is of utmost importance in itself so as to ensure that every applicant gets a fair chance and later no one can blame or question BCCI.

According to the reports, the new selector will take the charge from the month of December as last week BCCI extended Sandeep Patil’s contract by a period of four months. So going by this Patil’s contract will end in December.

Patil was appointed as the head BCCI selection committee on 27 September 2012 after he replaced the former opener of Indian cricket team Kris Srikkanth. Patil has served his four years in office, so he is not eligible for the post.

It will be interesting to see that how many players apply for the post.

The competition is going to be tough like it was in the case of selection of head coach of Indian cricket team:


  1. He or She should have represented the Indian team either in a Test match or a One Day International or more than 50 first-class matches in India, in a team selected by the BCCI to be considered for the Senior National selection Committee.
  2.  Candidates should have played more than 50 first class matches in India to be considered for a position in the Junior National selection committee.
  3. It is not mandatory but would be desirable that the candidate has served as a selector for any age group in any of the affiliated member associations of the BCCI.
  4. Candidates who have already completed 4 years as a National selector with BCCI, will not be eligible as per the existing by-laws of BCCI
  5.  He or she should have retired on record, from all forms of cricket at least 5 years prior to this date of application
  6.  He or she should not be part of any IPL team/management or part of any other league in the world.
  7.  Candidates, if selected should not be associated directly or indirectly with any cricket coaching academy or another such organisation associated with the game.
  8. He or she cannot in any form be engaged with any media house/publication/syndicated columns once shortlisted for this position.
  9.  Candidates should be Indian Nationals and free of any criminal record and should not be under any sanction from BCCI or any of the affiliated associations of the BCCI or any Government agency
  10.  Candidates should be under the age of 60 and be willing to undergo a medical examination if needed.
  11.  Candidates should be willing to appear for a personal interview if required
  12.  Candidates should be willing to serve on either of the committees, Senior or Junior, based on the decision of the BCCI
  13.  Candidates must be willing to travel as and when required by the BCCI.
  14.  He or she must commit to a full-time role for the period, decided by the BCCI.


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