The BCCI is all set to appoint Madan Lal and Gautam Gambhir as Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members. The CAC will be responsible to pick selection committees for the next four-year cycle starting 2020. Madan Lal and Gautam Gambhir are both former World Cup winning players. Sulakshana Naik is likely to be the third member of the panel. She has played two Tests and 46 ODIs for India.
“Madan Lal and Gautam Gambhir are all set to be the CAC members,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.
1983 World Cup winner Madan Lal will head the committee due to being the senior-most member. On the other hand, 2011 World Cup winner Gautam Gambhir will assist him. The committee shall also have a third member.
“I don’t know if it’s fair on my part to make a formal comment or not as BCCI has not announced,” said Madan Lal when asked about the development.
Conflict of interest for Madan Lal
Madan Lal played 39 Tests and 67 ODIs for India. His three-wicket haul in the 1983 World Cup final is the highlight of his career. He may face a conflict of interest clause due to his contract with a TV channel as a cricket expert. However, he said
“Let me first get my appointment letter and obviously there will be terms of reference and guidelines.”
A close BCCI source confirmed that he has been approached by the BCCI. The source also confirms that Madan Lal has accepted the offer.
“Yes, they did ask Madan for his consent and he had told them it will be an honour to be on CAC. It doesn’t matter if it’s one meeting or half a meeting,” said the source.
The committee will meet just once as only two changes are required in the senior selection panel.
The committee has to find replacements of outgoing chairman MSK Prasad (South) and Gagan Khoda (Central). Sarandeep Singh (North), Devang Gandhi (East) and Jatin Paranjpe (West) still have a year left in their respective four-year terms. There will also be changes in the junior selection panel.
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