Time up for Khoda, Paranjpe as national selectors

As per Lodha reforms, senior selection committee is supposed to be a three-member team with Test players and Gagan Khoda and Jatin Paranjpe have only played ODIs.

Jatin Paranjpe with India Test skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Anil Kumble during the Mumbai Test against England.   -  PTI

The national selection panel is set to shrink in the wake of the Supreme Court’s order to implement the Lodha committee reforms and both Gagan Khoda and Jatin Paranjpe will have to leave as they don’t conform to the set norms.

As per Lodha reforms, senior selection committee is supposed to be a three-member team with Test players.

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When the BCCI announced the panel in September, the top brass of >now sacked President Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke, once again defied the diktat as the Supreme Court had not passed it’s final verdict by then.

The new committee never had any formal contracts in place.

Therefore, it will be M.S.K. Prasad, Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh — all former Test players, who would be selecting the upcoming team for the ODIs and T20Is against England. The squad will be selected on January 5.

As per Lodha Committee norms, the senior selection committee of the BCCI should comprise only Test cricketers and Khoda with two ODIs and Paranjpe with 4 ODIs, don’t conform with the rules set by the Supreme Court-appointed committee and now passed as verdict.

“I will have to check what will be the new rules. Normally, the secretary is the convener of the senior team. In his absence the joint secretary convenes the meeting,” joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary told.

Officials in the Board feel that keeping in mind Khoda and Paranjpe’s good work till now, the duo could be made talent coordinators — a rank below selectors and also suggested in the reforms by the panel.

The talent coordinators need not be Test cricketers and Khoda and Paranjpe could fit the bill.

The basic domain of the job remains same where they would be needed to track the domestic performances and do a threadbare analysis but perhaps won’t be allowed to sit in selection committee meetings.

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