Cricket: Gopal Subramaniam calls for five-member selection committees

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MUMBAI, MAY 16,
Amicus Curiae Gopal Subramaniam, guiding the Supreme Court in the matter of the implementation of the Justice Lodha Committee Reforms in Cricket by the BCCI and its full members, has urged the apex court to issue directions to increase the composition of the selection committees (senior men, junior and women) from three to five members.
In his suggestion to the Supreme Court, the AC has said that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) be empowered to relieve the present selection committees of their burden immediately.
The AC has said: “Until the elections to BCCI takes place, the CoA may be empowered to have a consultation with the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising reputed former international cricketers, and constitute a Committee of Selectors. This is imminently necessary to relieve the burden on the existing Committee of Selectors.’’
The criteria set out by the AC for the senior men’s selection committee is: (1) 7 Test Matches; or (b) 30 First Class matches or (C) 10 One-Day Internationals (50 overs) and a minimum of 20 First Class matches. He has also said that this committee will choose the Indian teams for Test matches, ODIs, Twenty20 and any other format and that it shall provide evaluation reports of the respective team performances to the Apex Council on a quarterly basis.
Most importantly, the AC has stated that “Every member of the men’s Selection Committee should have retired (from the game at least 5 years previously and that the seniormost among the members shall be appointed as the Chairperson.’’
The AC has recommended the composition of the junior and women’s selection committees be increased from three to five members, with the criteria for the junior selection committee being a minimum of 25 First Class matches and to have retired from the game five years previously and for the women’s selection committee being just having represented the national team and to have retired from the game five years previously.

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