BCCI Invites Applications for Senior Men’s National Selection Committee

BCCI initiates the search for a new member in the senior men’s national selection committee, leaving room for uncertainty and speculations on changes.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the opening of applications for a position in the senior men’s national selection committee. Notably, the current five-man selection committee, led by Ajit Agarkar, does not specify who the selected candidate will replace. Speculation arises around the potential departure of Salil Ankola, a former India fast-bowler and current selection committee member, particularly as both Ankola and Agarkar belong to the West Zone.

Adding an element of interest is the absence of a member from the North Zone in the current selection committee. This creates anticipation regarding who will apply for the solitary role and how the dynamics of the committee may change.

Salil Ankola, along with S Sharath, Subroto Banerjee, and SS Das, were appointed to the selection committee on January 7, 2023, with Chetan Sharma as the lead selector. Following Sharma’s resignation on February 17, 2023, Agarkar assumed the role of chief selector on July 4 of the same year.

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The BCCI’s job description for the position outlines that the ideal candidate should have played a minimum of seven Test matches or 30 first-class games or 10 ODIs and 20 first-class fixtures. Additionally, the candidate should have retired from competitive cricket at least five years ago.

One noteworthy criterion is that individuals who have been members of any Cricket Committee, as defined in the Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations of BCCI, for a total of five years are ineligible to be part of the Men’s Selection Committee.

Although the notice does not specify an ideal age criterion, interested candidates are required to submit their applications by 6 pm IST on January 25. The BCCI stated that after screening and shortlisting of applications, the selected candidates will undergo personal interviews for further evaluation.

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