World Cup-winning India cricketer Madan Lal will be part of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) new Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) along with former women’s team cricketer Sulakshana Naik.
Madan Lal, who played 39 Tests and 67 ODIs between 1974 and 1987, was in the fray along with 2011 World Cup hero Gautam Gambhir to be part of the new CAC that would be former to pick new members of India’s senior selection committee.
Sulakshana Naik, who hails from Mumbai, had played 2 Tests, 46 ODIs and 31 T20Is between 2002 and 2013, is also going to be part of the new committee.
“CAC has been finalized and the secretary will release it officially. Madan Lal is there, Sulakshana Naik is there, Gautam is not there,” BCCI president Sourav Ganguly told reporters.
The duo will replace Kapil Dev, Shantha Rangaswamy and Anshuman Gaekwad who were picked for selecting the senior men’s team coach after the World Cup in 2019. The 3-member panel reappointed Ravi Shastri as the head coach after interviewing 5 shortlisted candidates including Lalchand Rajput, Robin Singh, Mike Hesson, Tom Moody, and Shastri.
The trio which was part of the CAC also picked WV Raman as the head coach of the senior women’s cricket team last year.
However, Kapil, Gaekwad, and Rangaswamy quit their roles as CAC members after Conflict of Interest claims were raised against them.
Newly-elected BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said the Conflict of Interest issue needs to be more practical and pointed out the difficulties in getting top names to be part of CAC.
“The conflict clause stops everyone, A to Z it stops everyone. It has got former cricketers also, former administrators also. That is why we can’t make the CAC, we can’t make proper selectors,” Ganguly said in December.
“It has to be practical. Conflict should only be for someone like us, who are administrators.”
The new CAC will appoint replacements for chief selector MSK Prasad and Ghagan Khoda in the selection committee. Sarandeep Singh (North), Devang Gandhi (East) and Jatin Paranjpe (West) still have a year left in their contracts.
Ajit Agarkar and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan are among notable former cricketers who have applied for the selectors’ roles. Apart from Agarkar and Sivaramakrishnan, the other prominent names to have applied include Nayan Mongia, Chetan Sharma, Rajesh Chauhan.
List of notable former cricketers who have applied:
Ajit Agarkar (Mumbai)
Chetan Sharma (Haryana)
Nayan Mongia (Baroda)
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan (Tamil Nadu)
Rajesh Chauhan (Madhya Pradesh)
Amey Khurasiya (Madhya Pradesh)
Gyanendra Pandey (UP, not eligible as completed 4 years as JR selector)
Pritam Gandhe (Vidarbha, has already served term as Jr Natl selector).