BCCI’s high profile Cricket Advisory Committee featuring Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, and VVS Laxman have asked the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) to recluse them from finalizing the appointment of a national junior selection committee member.
Vinod Rai, CoA head had written to the CAC to pick one person from the shortlisted candidates to replace Venkatesh Prasad, who resigned, in the junior selection committee. Ashish Kapoor, Rakesh Parekh, Gyanendra Pandey and Amit Sharma are the other existing members of the junior selection committee.
The CoA had shortlisted former cricketers Debashish Mohanty from Orissa (2 Tests & 117 First Class matches), Sujit Somasundar from Karnataka (97 FC matches) and Zakaria Zuffri from Assam (73 FC matches) to replace Prasad.
Tendulkar cited the reason of his son Arjun playing in the U19 national team to keep away from the selection process. Sachin’s son Arjun recently made his debut against Sri Lanka and his father is learned to have a very clear view that he would like to stay away from any potential conflict so that his son can play on merit alone.
Ganguly and Laxman, the other two members of the CAC, have decided to recluse themselves right now because they have not kept track of the individuals shortlisted by the CoA.
"How can they shortlist one of these three candidates when they don't know how close either of these three has been following Indian cricket, especially junior cricket and the domestic circuit?" sources tracking developments told TOI.
The CoA is scheduled to meet in New Delhi later this week and will either go ahead with the appointment on its own or continue with four junior selectors till a new BCCI body is in place to take the call.
CoA requested the CAC in accordance with the SC judgment. Paragraph 23 of the SC order on BCCI dated August 9, 2018, states: "Until the elections to the BCCI take place, the CoA is empowered to consult with the Cricket Advisory Committee, comprising of reputed former international cricketers and to constitute a committee of selectors consistent with the above criteria".
In 2016, the CAC was first asked to select the men's national coach, which they did by appointing Anil Kumble and followed it up in 2017 by green-flagging the appointment of Ravi Shastri.
(with inputs from Times of India)