The three-member senior national selection panel, led by MSK Prasad, is unlikely to continue following the adoption of the new constitution of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) constitution as per the Supreme Court’s directive and the election procedure.
Meanwhile, the apex body bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Mishra reverted to the old five-member selection committee for both senior, junior and women. The bench is comprised of justice A M Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud respectively.
Moreover, the bench also decided to scrap the controversial eligibility clause (Test cricketers only) to be a selector. A minimum of either seven Tests, 10 One-day Internationals or 30 first-class matches will be the new criteria.
The apex court order implied that Prasad and his colleagues Sarandeep Singh and Devang Gandhi would not get an extension. The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will have the job of forming a new five-member panel.
“Until the elections to the BCCI take place, the COA will consult with the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising reputed former international cricketers and to constitute a committee of selectors...” the Supreme Court order stated.
However, a senior BCCI official confirmed the MSK Prasad-led panel would continue till the election process takes place.
“They will continue till the elections take place. There is very little chance that this current set of selectors will get an extension once the BCCI Apex Council is formed as per the new constitution based on Lodha Reforms,” the official told PTI.
Gagan Khoda to join the selection panel:
While MSK Prasad has been the face of the committee, BCCI often expressed dissatisfaction over Devang and Sarandeep. Meanwhile, till the new set of selectors take over, it is likely that Gagan Khoda will join Prasad and his company.
Khoda was initially in the committee but later left out due to his ineligibility.
Meanwhile, BCCI gave remuneration all this while because of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) decision.