BCCI conducts interviews for selection committee

From the "approximately 70" applications received for the 15 posts comprising five each in the junior, senior and women’s selection committees, around one third of the applicants are being interviewed.

Approximately 20 candidates from north, east and central zones were interviewed on camera by the BCCI President Anurag Thakur and chief executive officer Rahul Johri.   -  PTI

The BCCI may have been categorically instructed by the Lodha Committee, which has been appointed by the Supreme Court to oversee the implementation of its order about the reforms in the Indian cricket board, that no business with regard to the 2016-17 season should be dealt with during its scheduled annual general meeting (AGM) on September 21.

However, the BCCI has continued not to budge to it and has even conducted interviews with candidates who had applied for the post of selectors for various selection panels in New Delhi on Monday. Sportstar understands that approximately 20 candidates from north, east and central zones were interviewed in camera by the BCCI President Anurag Thakur and chief executive officer Rahul Johri.

Around a dozen candidates are set to be interviewed in the presence of secretary Ajay Shirke at a suburban five-star hotel in Mumbai on Tuesday morning.

However, the day was also marred by the BCCI’s typically chaotic way of functioning. A former Indian spinner, who was not even in the national capital, was asked to report in person for an interview in about two and a half hours on Monday afternoon. Only after the BCCI biggies realised he wasn’t a resident of Delhi, he was he asked to fly down to Mumbai on Tuesday.

Similarly, a retired pace bowler from Himachal Pradesh, Thakur’s home association, was spotted at the BCCI’s office, inquiring about the location of the interview. Only when he called up the president’s office was the interaction rescheduled to Tuesday.

Sportstar also understands that from the “approximately 70” applications received for the 15 posts comprising five each in the junior, senior and women’s selection committees, around one third of the applicants are being interviewed.

In all likelihood, what started as an unconstitutional move as reported by Sportstar, the BCCI’s initiative of selecting selectors after inviting applications may not end up being a reality.