Sourav Ganguly, BCCI, MSK Prasad
Sourav Ganguly. Credits: PTI.

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly speaks on the tenure of the selection panel, which has been on the headlines for quite a few days now. In the latest, Ganguly comes up with a new suggestion by cutting down the 4-year term to three years. Citing reasons, he wants to keep things fresh and in perspective.

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In the old constitution of the BCCI, the selectors had a tenure of four years but the amended law — now in effect — has a provision of a maximum five-year term. While Prasad and Gagan Khoda were appointed in 2015, Jatin Paranjpe, Sarandeep Singh and Devang Gandhi joined in 2016. As per the new constitution, Prasad and Khoda’s term ends in September 2020.

Even fours years is long – Sourav Ganguly

However, recently, BCCI once again made the amendment to minimise it from five to a four-year term for the current selection. Further, the term would cut short to three-year contract following the expiration of the MSK Prasad-led panel. Speaking of the new process, Sourav Ganguly feels that the four-year contract is too long for the selectors.

MSK Prasad, Sourav Ganguly
MSK Prasad (M) with Ravi Shastri (R) (Credits: BCCI)

When the new selectors get appointed, president Sourav Ganguly is of the firm view that “even four years is long”. Ganguly told TOI “the four-year term was designed keeping in mind the ICC World Cup cycle. But that’s a thing of the past now. A three-year stint can be introduced to keep things fresh and in perspective,” he added. 

Laxman Sivaramakrishnan puts his hands-up:

Meanwhile, the former cricketer Laxman Sivaramakrishnan confirmed his availability to take the role of a selector, with MSK Prasad ending his tenure in 2020. As MSK Prasad represents South Zone, the replacement will be from South Zone, as per the clause of BCCI. In between, Dilip Vengsarkar became the latest competitor for Laxman Sivaramakrishnan.

Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, MSK Prasad
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan (Credits: Twitter)

”Laxman Sivaramakrishnan puts his hands up. Dilip (Vengsarkar) is keen too. He had not completed his term the last time around. But, if Paranjpe is set to continue for another year, then one will have to wait and see. Let’s see what Sourav and Jay have in mind,” a source said as per Times of India.

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The selection committee will have to be appointed by the Cricket Advisory Committee, which will be picked during the upcoming AGM of the newly-elected board. Sourav Ganguly will be present at the meeting.

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