Sourav Ganguly: New selection panel to pick squad for SA ODIs

Sourav Ganguly confirmed said that a revamped selection committee with a new chairman at helm will pick the Indian squad for the three ODIs at home in March.

Sourav Ganguly said a new selection panel will be in place before the home ODIs against South Africa in March.   -  VIVEK BENDRE

The revamped selection committee with a new chairman at helm will pick the Indian squad for the three ODIs at home in March, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirmed on Monday.

Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Ajit Agarkar, Rajesh Chauhan and Venkatesh Prasad are some of the key contenders to replace outgoing chairman M.S.K. Prasad (South zone) and Gagan Khoda (Central zone) in the five-member panel.

“The Test squad for New Zealand has already been picked by the old committee and new committee’s first meeting will be held before home ODI series against South Africa. The interviews for short-listed candidates will happen soon,” Ganguly said.

The BCCI president also informed that while Madan Lal and Sulakshana Naik are the members of Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), Gautam Gambhir is being replaced as he cannot hold any position being a Member of Parliament.

“We have decided on Gautam’s replacement and the announcement will be made soon. Madan Lal and Sulakshana are there,” he said.

Pandya's fitness

Meanwhile, Ganguly also informed that all-rounder Hardik Pandya has still not attained match fitness after his back surgery.

“He can’t play right now. It will take some time before he gets fit,” the BCCI president said.

Hardik had recently failed the fitness test in his bid to make a return to international cricket.

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