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Sunil Joshi appointed chair of the BCCI selection committee, Harvinder added to the panel | Cricket News


MUMBAI: Former Indian spinner Sunil Joshi was named Wednesday president of the national selection panel by the BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), which also elected former player Harvinder Singh in the five-member group.

The CAC, composed of Madan Lal, RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik, appointed the two selectors. Joshi replaces MSK Prasad (South Zone), who had an extended career after completing his four-year term.

“The committee recommended Mr. Sunil Joshi for the role of Chairman of the senior men’s selection committee,” reads a statement from BCCI secretary Jay Shah.

In an unprecedented decision, the BCCI said the CAC will review the panel’s performance after one year and “make recommendations” accordingly.

Harvinder was chosen from the central zone and replaces Gagan Khoda on the panel.

The existing members of the selection panel are Jatin Paranjape (west), Devang Gandhi (east) and Sarandeep Singh (north).

“We have chosen the best types for the job. We chose them (Joshi and Harvinder) because they were clear in their views,” Lal said.

Specifically in Joshi, Lal said: “We liked his direct attitude. He also has experience (he has been part of the support staff of Bangladesh).”

The CAC had shortlisted five candidates for interviews: Joshi, Harvinder, Venkatesh Prasad, Rajesh Chauhan and LS Sivaramakrishnan, from a list of 40 applicants.

The likes of Ajit Agarkar and Nayan Mongia did not even reach the list, but the former will be in dispute again after the end of Paranjpe’s term in September along with Gandhi and Sarandeep.

Joshi’s selection of the Southern Zone and Harvinder’s selection of the Central Zone also show that the Board has adhered to zonal policy.

His predecessors, Prasad and Khoda, who were appointed in 2015 and received an extension last November.

Joshi, 49, played 15 Tests and 69 ODI between 1996 and 2001, with 41 and 69 wickets respectively.

Harvinder, 42, represented India in three tests and 16 ODI between 1998 and 2001, taking four and 24 scalps, respectively.

The game credentials of the Prasad-led panel were often questioned and this time too, the CAC decided to choose Joshi and Harvinder instead of more experienced candidates.

In the interaction with the media that took place after the announcement, Lal said that BCCI officials, including President Sourav Ganguly, gave the CAC a free hand to choose the candidates.

“Ganguly didn’t even say a word,” Lal added.

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