In an unprecedented move by the Board of Cricket Control for India (BCCI), Chetan Sharma has been reappointed as the new Chairman of the Selection Committee. Sharma was earlier sacked by the apex regulating body after India’s humiliating exit at the T20 World Cup in Australia.
The new five-member selection committee was appointed by the BCCI on the recommendations of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sulakshana Naik, Jatin Paranjape and Ashok Malhotra. The CAC also recommended BCCI appoint Sharma as the Chairperson.
Chetan Sharma will once again accelerate his command over the selection committee with newly added members including Sridharan Sharath (South Zone), Shiv Sundar Das (Central Zone), Salil Ankola (West Zone) and Subroto Banerjee (East Zone). Sharma will represent the North Zone.
The CAC had been delegated with the integral task to appoint a newly-formed selection committee. Notably, the BCCI organized a review meeting last week that was hosted by President Roger Binny and Secretary Jay Shah. Skipper Rohit Sharma, Head Coach Rahul Dravid and Chetan Sharma attended the meeting where they were asked for an explanation for India’s demeaning performance at the T20 World Cup and Bangladesh ODI series.
BCCI had received 600 applications for the selection committee
However, Sharma continued to ascend the throne even after his sluggish show. The BCCI has once again shown confidence in the administrator. Notably, BCCI had received over 600 applications for an appointment in the selection committee. After deliberate discussions, eleven names were shortlisted and five were appointed to the top post.
Ahead of their appointment, the selection committee will be delegated with an important task to name India’s preparatory 20-member squad for the approaching ICC World Cup at the home turf that is scheduled to be hosted late this year. The selection committee will also take a call on India’s T20I captaincy and a replacement for wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant who was earlier injured in a car accident.