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'National team selectors will not get an extension', says Sourav Ganguly

Sarah Waris
02 Dec 2019, 01:07 IST

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly confirmed that the current selection committee will not be given an extension. The tenure of the panel, led by MSK Prasad, has already ended and the former Indian skipper mentioned that the selectors should not be looking to go beyond that.

Going by the BCCI's old rule book that allows the selectors a four-year term, chairman Prasad and Gagan Khoda's tenures have already expired. The duo were appointed in 2015, while the trio of Devang Gandhi, Sarandeep Singh and Jatin Paranjpe were appointed in 2016, meaning that they have a year left, according to the old constitution. The changed constitution, however, allows them a term of five years.

During the 88th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the BCCI in Mumbai on Sunday, Ganguly said,

Tenures are finished (means) tenures are finished. They have done a good job. You cannot go beyond your tenure and all of them don't finish, so majority of them stay and I dont think it should be a problem. As you must have heard, ICC now wants tournaments every year, that does not mean selectors continue forever. We will have a tenure and we will (heed) to the tenure.

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Ganguly also gave his feedback on the performance of the Prasad-led committee and added,

We are fine with it. (Just) because we are not involved that does not mean the selectors are bad, they have done a good job, the team has done well and we don't have any problem."

The Indian team has enjoyed a lot of success in the last four years, reaching the semi-final of the ICC World T20 in 2016, the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy and the last four of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. However, their inability to pick a consistent number 4 in the ODI team often led to the committee copping a lot of criticism.

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