Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh Credits: Twitter

Former Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh said that BCCI must pay well for the selectors of the Indian Cricket Team so that former players can aspire to become the selector. Indian selectors are often criticised for selection in ICC events as India failed to win a single ICC trophy since the 2013 champions trophy held in England.

Harbhajan Singh at an Idea Exchange session of The Indian Express stated that players who have a reputation for playing more games for India should be provided with an opportunity–and also stressed that these players will take up roles only when they are given handsome pay.

“A man with stature, one that has played the game quite often, will solve a lot of issues at the selector level. But why wouldn’t they take up the opportunity? I’ll give the example of Virender Sehwag. If you ask Virender Sehwag to become the chief selector, then the salary of that post needs to be analyzed,” Harbhajan said.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag Credits: Twitter
Harbhajan also revealed that he has no idea how much money chief selectors earn, but citing the example of former Indian opener Sehwag would earn more in broadcasting than being a selector.
The senior men’s team’s top selector receives a salary of Rs 1 crore per year, while the other members of the selection panel are paid INR 90 lakhs. Rahul Dravid, the head coach, is reputedly paid above INR 7 crore.

“If you don’t spend money, then you will have to choose selectors from players who may have only played a year and might not be that big a name. If a man like Rahul Dravid is made the coach, then the chief selector must have the same stature as well,” Harbhajan added.

Harbhajan also stressed that BCCI should increase the pay of the selectors, Otherwise, players who played more for India will be less interested in the selector’s job and continued that if Rahul Dravid is the coach, the chief selector must also have the same calibre like him.

Ravindra Jadeja Should Be Vice-Captain For Indian Team – Harbhajan Singh

Ravindra Jadeja should be handed the Indian team’s vice-captaincy in both Tests and ODIs claimed former India spinner Harbhajan Singh on his YouTube channel. This comes after KL Rahul was removed from the vice-captaincy role for the last two Tests against Australia and in the ODIs as well.

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja Credits: Twitter
Ravindra Jadeja made his comeback to international cricket after five months as he injured his knee during the Asia Cup 2022 in the UAE–and has been a terrific performer for India in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy. He had to undergo knee surgery to get better and spent quality time in the NCA in Bengaluru.
Harbhajan Singh also hailed Ravindra Jadeja as the best all-rounder in the world currently and only put Ben Stokes of England in his league.