A clean up at District Cricket Association has begun with Justice (Retd) Mukul Mudgal, appointed by Hight Court to oversee day-to-day affairs of the cricketing body, forming two panels – men’s and women’s – for picking selectors, coaches, managers and other support staff for the cricket season ahead.
Former Indian Test cricketer Vivek Razdan chaired panel and Anuradha Dutt will lead the women’s panel also comprising of DDCA vice president Gange Gupta, treasurer Ravinder Manchanda, and joint secretary, sports Salil Seth.
“The Selection Panel will fix the remuneration of all the selectors, coaches, managers and support staff before shortlisting the names.The basic criteria for different posts are to be specified in writing and uploaded on the website of DDCA along with the notice for selection and a public notice shall also be issued for the same,” Justice Mudgal informed the DDCA members.
Apart from the above-mentioned decisions, the panel is set to introduce plenty of reforms to streamline cricketing operations in the capital. The first major change, which was unsuccessfully tried last year, as well, is the reduction in a number of selectors across age groups. From five selectors each for U-14, U-16, U-19 and U-23 and Ranji trophy, the panel proposed three junior selectors each in the first meeting on Saturday.
“We will go for only six selectors. Three for the junior level which includes U-14, U-16 and U-19 and three for the senior level which will take care of U-23 and Ranji Trophy selection matters,” says Seth, who further informs that decisions taken by the panel require no further approval from Executive or Sports Committee of the association.
The remuneration of selectors, coaches and support staff has been “tentatively” finalized and it has been reliably learnt that the Ranji Trophy coach will be paid between 15-20 lakh while the senior selectors will get anything between 5-8 lakh. There will be a chairman of selectors in both junior and senior age group but he /she will not have any separate and special powers.
Over and above the fixed remuneration, the coaches will have an incentive which would depend on the performance in the respective age group. The association is trying to promote a culture where the Delhi coaching/selection job is their primary, not just a stop gap or part time solution.
“We want to promote a culture where coaches and selectors treat the job as their primary job. Also, incentives will ensure ki wo apni jaan laga de (give their 100 percent),” says Seth.