Former India wicket-keeper batsman MSK Prasad has been appointed the new chairman of the selection committee after the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday. He replaces Sandeep Patil.
Ajay Shirke, as expected has once again been re-elected as the BCCI secretary.Reportedly, the national cricket body selected Prasad after interviewing more than 90 candidates for positions in the junior, women’s and senior national selection panel over the past 48 hours.
The other selectors in the committee are Devang Gandhi, Gagan Khoda, Sarandeep Singh and Jatin Paranjape. MSK Prasad featured in 17 ODIs and six Test matches for India. He also played in 96 first class and 88 List A games.In another decision Anurag Thakur will continue to be BCCI’s representative at the ICC.
The election comes as a defiance to the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha committee’s recommendations as two of the senior selectors (Khoda and Paranjape) have no Test match experience.
Prasad was also part of the previous panel as the South Zone representative. He hails from Andhra Pradesh and in his six Tests he had scored 106 runs and taken 15 catches. In ODIs he had taken 14 catches and effected 7 stumpings.Paranjpe, a former left-handed batsman will be the representative from west zone, while Sarandeep is the selector from the north. Gandhi will represent the east zone.
The 45-year-old Gandhi, has four Tests and three ODIs to his credit.Overall, the new selection committee has a combined international experience of 13 Tests and 31 ODIs.
Former India fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad has been re-elected as chairman of the junior selection committee.
"It's undoubtedly a great honour. I have a clear-cut vision about how we are heading to the 2019 World Cup," Prasad told Espncricinfo after his appointment.
"I always have had to keep 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."