Former BCCI Chairman Chetan Sharma re-applied for the position on the All India Selectors Committee. Apart from Chetan, Harvinder Singh who was part of the selection panel from central area, again also applied for the post. It is an open secret that Chetan and his committee’s performance and consistency in selection have been so below par lately that the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry decided not to extend their term for further years.
Chetan (Northern Zone), Harvinder (Central Zone), Sunil Joshi (South Zone) and Debasish Mohanty (East Zone) have had the shortest stint as a top-level national selector in recent times. Some of them are appointed in 2020 and others in 2021. The senior national selector usually gets a four-year term, subject to extension.
As per a report in IndianExpress, more than 60 applicants applied for the job, including Chetan and Harvinder.
The report further stated that the other two former committee members Joshi and Mohanty had not applied for the positions.
The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry issued a statement indicating the criteria for applying for the job.
There are a total of five spots up for grabs as applicants would have had to play 7 Test matches, 30 first-class matches or 10 ODIs and 20 first-class matches. The applicant must have been retired from cricket for at least 5 years.
“No person who has been a member of any cricket committee (as defined by the BCCI rules and regulations) for a period of 5 years shall be eligible to be a member of the men’s selection committee,” BCCI stated.
The application deadline is November 28.
The scope of work has two main points that were never mentioned in any previous selection committee announcements – preparing and submitting relevant team performance appraisal reports to the BCCI’s Apex Board on a quarterly basis, and designating a team leader in each format.
Also, for the first time, the BCCI’s line of work description contains that the President will have to address the media regarding inquiries regarding the team.
Chetan and other members of the selection committee have come under fire for their selection of the 2021 T20 World Cup squad and that was also the case this year for the mega event. India was knocked out of the 2022 T20 WC tournament after losing in the semifinals to England.