Former Indian wicket-keeper MSK Prasad has been elected as the chairman of Indian Cricket Team’s selection panel, succeeding Sandip Patil. The board had invited applicants for the post for the very first time and the decision was taken during their 87th annual general meeting in Mumbai.
Apart from Prasad the four other members of the five-member selection panel are Sarandeep Singh, Devang Gandhi, Gagan Khoda and Jatin Paranjpe.
Here is the list of all the members of the three selection committees
Senior Selection Committee: MSK Prasad (Chairman), Gagan Khoda, Sarandeep Singh, Jatin Paranjpe and Devang Gandhi
Junior Selection Committee: Venkatesh Prasad (Chairman), Rakesh Parikh, Aashish Kapoor, Amit Sharma and Gyanendra Pandey
Women's Selection Committee: Hemlata Kala (Chairperson), Shashi Gupta, Anjali Pendharkar, Lopamudra Banerjee and Sudha Shah
Prasad was elated after his appointment and said it was a “great honour”.
"I have a clear-cut vision about how we are heading to the 2019 World Cup. I always have kept notes about what I want to do for the 2017 Champions Trophy, for the 2019 World Cup. There is a lot of planning. The best thing is we have watched as many domestic matches as possible.
“We have done tours to Zimbabwe, Australia only at the end of the season. Because we have watched so much domestic cricket last year we have a succession chart and jotted down names for three different formats. Sandy bhai's team has done a fantastic job. It makes more sense for us to continue with it and move ahead." Prasad opined.
Here are some of the things you need to know about the new chairman of selectors.
#1 Prasad was born on 24th April 1975 in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.
#2 His domestic debut came in the 1994/95 season against Bengal after consistent performances in junior level matches.
#3 His impressive performance for Andhra Pradesh in domestic tournaments made Krishnamachari Srikanth speak highly of his talent and capability.
#4 The new chairman of selectors made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in 1998 followed by his Test debut, a year later against New Zealand at Mohali. He got the much-needed break after Nayan Mongia got injured after the 1999 World Cup.
#5 He played 3 Tests against New Zealand at home and three in Australia before fading away into oblivion.
#6 Though he was highly praised for his wicket keeping skills but his inability to contribute with the bat eventually cost him his place after playing only a few matches for India.
#7 Prasad was an inconsistent performer in the limited opportunities he got and one of his most notable innings in international cricket came against the Proteas when he scored a composed 63 in a tri-series match in Kenya in 1999.
#8 In his last Test match for India, Prasad was asked to open the innings against Australia in Sydney in 2000 but was unable to make a mark against the likes of McGrath and Brett Lee.
#9 As a wicket-keeper for India, Prasad took 15 catches.
#10 Prasad played a total of six Tests and 17 ODIS for India.
#11 He was never recalled back to the Indian team but continued to impress in the domestic circuit.
#12He had a prolific season for Andhra Pradesh in the 2002/03 domestic season scoring 754 runs including two centuries and five half-centuries and also effected 32 dismissals in 11 matches.
#13 Prasad played his last first-class match in 2009.