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The Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) has opened itself for the national chief selector’s role. MSK Prasad, whose term has ended, was appointed as the selector in November 2016. The BCCI is also searching a replacement for Prasad’s colleague Gagan Khoda.

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It is also speculated that the entire women’s selection panel would also go through an overhaul while the junior men’s committee will see two changes. The last date for submitting the applications is the 24th of January. Apart from this, the BCCI, led by the President, Sourav Ganguly, has underlined several other criteria for the chairman of selectors which are mentioned as below:

  1. The candidate should have either featured in seven Test matches and 30 first-class matches or 10 ODIs and 20 first-class matches.

2 .The candidate should have retired from international cricket at least five years ago or       more.

3. The applicant should be less than 60 years of age.

The highs and lows during MSK Prasad’s tenure as the chief selector:

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MSK Prasad (Credits: Twitter)

Under MSK Prasad, the men in blue witnessed several highs, but they also tasted unprecedented lows which the new bunch of selectors would look to turn it around. In his duration as the selector, India underwent their only overseas success in Australia, complete domination in Test matches at their home turf. Notably, a change of guard took place from MS Dhoni to Virat Kohli without much trouble and India’s fast bowlers matured to become a fast-bowling powerhouse.

However, their lows include no ICC trophies during this period. India failed to capture the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, losing to Pakistan. Again, in the 2019 World Cup, India entered as favourites; however, they lost to New Zealand in the semi-finals of the tournament. Prasad’s domination further saw constant chopping and changing of the middle-order in their ODI team, which is cited as the main reason behind their 2019 World Cup loss.

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