Tenure of MSK Prasad-led selection committee over, confirms Sourav Ganguly
Published on: Dec 02, 2019
The somewhat controversial tenure of the BCCI senior selection committee led by MSK Prasad has come to an end, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly confirmed on Sunday. An amendment in the BCCI constitution does allow for a maximum term of five years for a selection committee. However, BCCI has decided not to extend the tenure of the present team.
The Prasad-led selection committee had former India internationals Gagan Khoda, Jatin Paranjpe, Sarandeep Singh and Devang Gandhi as members. “Tenures are finished. You cannot go beyond tenure. They have done a good job,” Ganguly said after the BCCI’s 88th Annual General Meeting in Mumbai
“We will fix a term for selectors and it is not right to appoint selectors every year,” the former India captain went on to add.
In the AGM, several other important issues were also discussed, which will now be put forth before the Supreme Court of India. “We have made decisions in today’s AGM and we will approach the court before taking any final decision, because of conflicts and previous experiences. The orders have been amended in the past and therefore we seek clarity,” Ganguly explained.
On the topic of match-fixing allegations emerging in the KPL, the BCCI chief confirmed, “We have discussed it. In Chennai, there are a couple of complaints. Players are approached that is not a problem but what players do after it is the problem. We are dealing with it. Because nobody wants it. We got in touch with state authority so that there is clarity.”
While Indian cricket has tasted amazing success during the tenure of the Prasad-led selection, there has been no shortage of controversy as well. Former players like Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have openly questioned the capability of the selection committee
The decision to choose all-rounder Vijay Shankar ahead of Ambati Rayudu for the 2019 World Cup blew up into a major controversy ahead of the mega tournament. Further, Prasad’s comments on MS Dhoni’s future were nowhere in sink with those of head coach Ravi Shastri and BCCI President Ganguly.
Recently as well, the decision to drop wicket-keeper Sanju Samson from the original squad for the West Indies T20Is despite not getting a game against Bangladesh drew a lot of criticism.
The India vs West Indies T20Is begin with the first game at Hyderabad on December 6.
–Renin Wilben Albert