MSK Prasad And Co. Likely To Continue Till Jan 2020 And Select The Squad For The Sri Lanka Series
The new Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and the selection committee are unlikely to be formed before January 2020. So, the MSK Prasad-led selection committee may select the Indian team for the T20I series against Sri Lanka that kicks off from Jan 5, 2020.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has filed a plea in the Supreme Court on amending some of the key Lodha reforms in January. Only after the board hears from the SC regarding the matter in January 2020 they will decide on the composition of its CAC and subsequent changes in the national selection committee.
However, by that time, India will have a home assignment of three-match T20I series with Sri Lanka in January. The series will commence from Jan 5, and so, MSK Prasad & Co. are likely to select the squad for India for the next series.
According to sources in the BCCI, the top brass wants to wait till the January hearing as there will be clarity on a lot of issues including the CAC.
“It is unlikely that the CAC will be formed before the Supreme Court hearing in January. So naturally, the selection committee might also take some time to form. It is still not clear whether the new selection committee or the existing one will pick the squad for the marquee New Zealand tour,” a BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity.
BCCI asks, in their plea, for relaxation in the ‘cooling-off’ period:
In the meanwhile, BCCI has asked the SC in their plea for relaxation in the ‘cooling-off’ period. This will allow the new appointed BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah to complete their term period instead of just the ten months time.
Whereas, the formation of CAC has raised issues among the board members. CAC has a single job of appointing selectors and coaches for the team. The team selectors committee, once elected, stays put for four years, while the appointed coaches remain for three years.
Addressing media after the board’s AGM meeting, president Sourav Ganguly had spoken specifically about the issue related to CAC and the contentious Conflict of Interest clause.
“CAC doesn’t have much work. We keep talking about CAC, but the job of CAC is the appointment of selectors and coaches. So, once you appoint a selection committee, it stays for four years and once you appoint a coach, it (he) stays for three years. So, where is the need of having a full-time CAC?,” Ganguly said while addressing media after Board’s AGM.
“So far it (CAC) is honorary, so even if you pay, you pay on what basis. There is no regular work. To have CAC with conflict of interest, I don’t know whether it is the best thing. It is about only one meeting,” Ganguly added.
The last two CAC members had to leave their posts due to conflict of interest issues.
Meanwhile, while the BCCI is now looking set to wait for Supreme Court’s decision, the MSK Prasad-led committee is more than likely to select the squad for the Sri Lanka series. This development comes just days after Sourav Ganguly himself confirmed that the tenure of the current selectors has come to an end.
“Tenures are finished. You cannot go beyond tenure. They have done a good job,” Ganguly had said after the BCCI’s 88th Annual General Meeting. “We will fix a term for selectors and it is not right to appoint selectors every year.”
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