The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited applications for the position of three national selectors, which are vacant after the terms of Sarandeep Singh, Devang Gandhi and Jatin Paranjape ended last month.
As per the circular issued by the Board, the new selectors need to have played a minimum of seven Tests and 30 first-class matches or 10 ODIs and 20 first-class games. The applicant also must have retired at least five years ago and the age limit is 60. The applicants must be sent by 6 pm on November 15.
The three outgoing selectors were part of the Australia squad selection process under the chairmanship of Sunil Joshi.
While the BCCI had initially thought of doing away with the zonal policy, it went back to the conventional method when Joshi replaced South Zone’s MSK Prasad as the chairman. Even Gagan Khoda, a former India international from Rajasthan, was replaced by Harvinder Singh from the central zone.
During the selection process in March, the BCCI had received applications from former India internationals Ajit Agarkar (west zone), Maninder Singh, Sanjeev Sharma (north zone). However, they were not considered as Paranjape and Singh still had a few months left.
While there is no word from the Board yet, sources have indicated that the applications of Agarkar, Singh could remain valid this time around. However, it would depend on the Cricket Advisory Committee - which comprises Madan Lal, RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik.
As per the circular, the main job of the selection committee will be be to select “the best possible teams in a fair and transparent manner” and plan and prepare a strong bench strength for the national team.
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