Amicus Curiae suggests increase in number of selectors

The Amicus Curiae also said that the present selection committees to be relieved immediately.

Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramanium has urged the apex court to increase the number of selectors.   -  C.V. Subrahmanyam

Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramanium, guiding the Supreme Court in implementation of the Lodha reforms by the BCCI and its full members, has urged the apex court to issue directions to increase the composition of the selection committees (senior men, junior and women) from three to five members. In his suggestion to the Supreme Court the Amicus Curiae said that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) be empowered to relieve the present selection committees of their burden immediately.

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"Until the elections to BCCI takes place, the CoA may be empowered to have a consultation with the Cricket Advisory Committee, (CAC) comprising reputed former international cricketers, and constitute a Committee of Selectors. This is imminently necessary to relieve the burden on the existing Committee of Selectors," he said.

The criteria set by the Amicus Curiae for the senior men’s selection committee are: (1) 7 Test Matches; or (b) 30 First Class matches or (C) 10 One Day Internationals (50 overs) and a minimum of 20 First Class matches. He also said that this committee will choose the Indian teams for Test matches, ODIs, Twenty20 and any other format and that it shall provide evaluation reports of the respective team performances to the Apex Council on a quarterly basis.

Most importantly Subramanium has stated, "Every member of the men's Selection Committee should have retired (from the game at least 5 years previously and that the  senior most among the members shall be appointed as the Chairperson."

He has recommended the composition of the junior and women’s selection committees from three to five members, with the criteria for the junior selection committee being a minimum of 25 First Class matches and to have retired from the game five years previously and for the women’s selection committee being having represented the national team and to have retired from the game five years previously.