The Madan Lal-led Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) asked five candidates who had applied for the national team’s selector post questions related to the future of former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today.
All of them were asked their opinion about Dhoni’s future in the Indian team. Dhoni has been out of the team since the semi-final defeat against New Zealand in the ICC World Cup in July 2019. Dhoni, however, will lead Chennai Super Kings in the IPL starting on 29 March.
A senior BCCI official said, “Yes, the CAC asked everyone the same question — that about Dhoni’s future. They asked also if they would choose this player for the T20 World Cup.
It is learned that the BCCI wants the selection committee’s stance on Dhoni’s international career to be clear.
The source said, “Dhoni’s case is sensitive and complex. So, there was a need to ask this question.”
CAC hangs Sword of Damocles over selectors
The BCCI had said in an unprecedented decision that the CAC would review the functions of the selection committee after a year and make suggestions accordingly. BCCI secretary Jay Shah had said, “The CAC has recommended the name of former spinner Sunil Joshi as the chairman of the national selection panel. The CAC will review their work after one year and give suggestions to the BCCI. ”
As many as 44 candidates had applied to be selectors, out of which the CAC had called Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Venkatesh Prasad, Rajesh Chauhan, Sunil Joshi and Harvinder Singh for interviews on Wednesday. Former fast bowler Singh was a last-minute addition to the shortlist of five candidates.
Believed earlier to be the frontrunner, Ajit Agarkar was dropped from the list of probable selectors yesterday. Agarkar was not shortlisted as the BCCI has decided to stick to the existing zone-based policy to pick national selectors, a source said.
Singh replaced Gagan Khoda from the central region in the committee. The selection committee already has three other selectors, namely Jatin Paranjpe (west), Sharandeep Singh (north) and Dewang Gandhi (east), whose term will expire in September.