The member of the newly-appointed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and former Indian cricketer Madan Lal has said that the Indian cricket team will get new selectors by March 1 or 2 before Virat Kohli and Co. return from their ongoing tour of New Zealand. The CAC consisting of the likes of Lal, Sulakshana Naik and RP Singh have been assigned to select the two selectors after MSK Prasad and Gagan Khoda finished their tenure in January.
“We have got the list, we will now shortlist the candidates. The three of us will tally after that and decide on who all to call for the final round of interviews. We should be out with the new selectors by March 1 or 2 before the boys return from the New Zealand tour. We have to finish this off as the new selectors need to sit down and pick the squad for the ODI series against South Africa which starts on March 12,” Lal told IANS.
However, Lal confirmed that the newly-elected CAC members haven’t had any meeting thus far on the appointment of national selectors while adding that they have just received the list and will be shortlisting the candidates for the final interview.
Former Indian cricketers Ajit Agarkar and Laxman Sivaramakrishnan are believed to be the front-runners to replace MSK Prasad for the post of chief selectors. Earlier, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said that the chief selector would be the “one with the most Tests”. Hence, Agarkar is likely to beat everyone on the list if he is selected for the post. The selectors who will continue are Sarandeep Singh (North), Devang Gandhi (East) and Paranjpe (West).