Former India spinner Sunil Joshi was on Wednesday named chairman of the national selection panel by the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), which additionally selected ex-pacer Harvinder Singh in the five-member team. The CAC, consisting of Madan Lal, R P Singh as well as Sulakshana Naik, named the two selectors. Joshi replaces MSK Prasad (South Zone), that had an extended run after completing his four-year tenure. “The committee suggested Mr Sunil Joshi for the role of Chairman of the senior guys’s option board,” read a statement from BCCI Secretary Jay Shah.
In an unprecedented decision, the BCCI claimed the CAC will certainly assess the panel’s efficiency after one year and also “make suggestions” accordingly.
Harvinder was chosen from central zone and also replaces Gagan Khoda in the panel. The existing members of the selection panel are Jatain Paranjpe (West), Devang Gandhi (East) and Sarandeep Singh (North). “We have picked the best men for the task.
We picked them (Joshi and also Harvinder) because they were clear in their sights,” Lal told PTI.
Especially on Joshi, Lal stated: “We liked his straight-forward attitude. He is experienced additionally (having actually become part of the Bangladesh support team)”.
The CAC had actually shortlisted 5 prospects for interviews– Joshi, Harvinder, Venkatesh Prasad, Rajesh Chauhan and also L S Sivaramakrishnan– from a list of 40 candidates.
The similarity Ajit Agarkar and also Nayan Mongia did not also make the short-list yet the previous will certainly be back in contention after Paranjpe’s term ends in September together with Gandhi and Sarandeep.
Joshi’s choice from South Zone and also Harvinder getting selected from Central Area also shows that the Board has actually stuck to the zonal plan.
Their predecessors, Prasad and also Khoda, that were assigned back in 2015 as well as offered an expansion last November.
The 49-year-old Joshi played 15 Tests and 69 ODIs between 1996 and 2001, taking 41 and 69 arches respectively.
Harvinder, that is 42, represented India in three Tests and 16 ODIs between 1998 as well as 2001, taking 4 and also 24 scalps respectively.
The playing qualifications of the Prasad-led panel were often examined and this moment as well, the CAC chose to select Joshi and Harvinder over much more experienced candidates.
In the media interaction held after the statement, Lal claimed the BCCI office-bearers, consisting of president Sourav Ganguly, provided the CAC a liberty in picking the candidates.
“Ganguly did not even claim a word,”