The interview process initiated by the BCCI for selecting the selectors got underway in New Delhi on Monday but the candidates are still in the dark if the Board is looking for a three or five member selection committee.
The national selection committee over the years comprises of five members, each representing different zones. The Lodha report asks for three selectors irrespective of their zonal belonging. (Next selection committee will decide if Virat Kohli will become ODI captain: Sandeep Patil)
With the knowledge that Lodha committee is keeping a close eye, if any BCCI move can be construed as a violation of the court order, the board is happy keeping a veil of secrecy around the number of selectors they would have in the committee.
The criteria for national selection committee adopted by the BCCI is quite different from that recommended by the Lodha committee in its report.
While the BCCI makes eligible anyone who has played more than 50 first class matches or anyone who has played Test or one-day cricket for India, the Lodha report necessitates the selector to have played Test cricket for India. (Venkatesh Prasad, Nayan Mongia among 80 applicants for India’s next selection committee )
Additionally the BCCI has set a age cap of 60 years with a reasoning that they are looking for younger selectors who have a taste of limited overs cricket. Those in the know say this is to contradict the Lodha recommendation of insisting on Test cricketers.
A number of shortlisted candidates from North and Central Zone were called for interviews conducted by BCCI President and CEO Rahul Johri. Former India cricketers like Maninder Singh, Nikhil Chopra, Sarandeep Singh were some of the shortlisted cricketers who gave their interviews.
Sources speaking to India Today confirm the candidates were asked about their prior selection experience and vision for Team India.
The next round of candidate interviews from remaining West, South and East Zones will be conducted in Mumbai on Tuesday before the committee is announced on Wednesday at the AGM. (New selectors to be appointed post interviews, no role for CAC: Anurag Thakur)
Around 80 cricketers both India and first class players have applied for the selection job after the BCCI for the first time put out a criteria based public advertisement.