Author: Abhishek Rajan
The BCCI is planning to make it compulsory for the Indian selectors to attend team meetings in future.
Normally whenever India tour overseas, a national selector joins the team for some parts of the tour, but he doesn’t attend the team meetings. The decisions in the team meetings are made by the captain, the vice-captain and the coach.
The selectors’ decision-making is currently limited to picking squads of 15 or 16. However, if they are a part of the team meetings going forward, they might have a say in the selection of the playing XI too.
BCCI has recently invited application for two vacant spots in the senior selection committee and one of the “responsibility areas” which have been highlighted in the advertisement is to “attend team meetings”.
“Look, selectors have been on tours but as far as I know, there has been no formal clause that allowed them to sit in team meetings.” A BCCI official was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India (PTI).
“Normally, the touring selector meets coach and captain during practice to discuss about tactics and strategy. But this is new development.” The official added.
It is believed that one of the two new selectors would be the chairman of the selection committee as three of the existing selectors haven’t got enough international experience under their belt to fulfill the role of the chief selector.
BCCI had to take a lot of flak for appointing MSK Prasad as the chief selector previously, as people were of the view that Prasad didn’t have a big enough stature to veto the captain and the coach, if need be.
To avoid any such criticism in future, the board wants a reputed figure to be in charge of the selection committee this time around.
One of the names which have been doing rounds is that of Dilip Vengsarkar, but since he has already crossed the age of 60, the new BCCI constitution does not allow him to be a part of the selection committee.
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