Sourav Ganguly Confirms MSK Prasad’s Term As Selection Committee Head Has Ended
BCCI President and former India skipper Sourav Ganguly confirmed that the tenure of MSK Prasad as the chairman of BCCI’s senior selection committee has come to an end on Sunday. While confirming the news, the former India skipper also made it clear that “you cannot go beyond your tenure”. The amended BCCI constitution proposes for a maximum five-year term for the selection committee.
But it looks like the newly-elected BCCI has opted for the old constitution of the governing body which had mandated a cap of 4 years. MSK Prasad and Gangan Khoda had started their tenure as selectors in 2015 while Jatin Paranjpe, Sarandeep Singh and Devang Gandhi joined the panel in the following year. All the five selectors will now step down from their posts.
“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,” he added.
A mixed journey:
The MSK Prasad-led selection panel had an interesting journey. During their tenure, India achieved some highs like Test series win in Australia, ODI series win in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. India are currently at the top of the ICC Test rankings as well the ICC World Test Championship table. India also have a strong bench strength in both batting and bowling.
However, the phase has also been marred with several setbacks. One of the biggest issue has been the selectors’ failure to give longer ropes to youngsters in order to sort out the middle-order woes. The fragile middle-order has been India’s achilles heel for quite some time now. Moreover, the selectors were also not clear on their stance on MS Dhoni and decided to move on from him only after this year’s World Cup.
Time and again, the selection panel faced criticism because of the the limited combined international playing experience of the selectors. Recently, the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir questioned the selector’s role.