Sunil Joshi, former India spinner, has been appointed chairman of the national selection panel. He was appointed on Wednesday by the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). Ex-pacer Harvinder Singh has also been picked in the five-member group by the CAC. The CAC, comprising Madan Lal, R P Singh and also Sulakshana Naik, named the two selectors.
Sunil Joshi replaces MSK Prasad (South Zone). Prasad had an extended run after completing his tenure of four years. “The committee recommended Mr Sunil Joshi for the role of Chairman of the senior men’s selection committee,” read a statement from BCCI Secretary Jay Shah.
The BCCI also said that the CAC will review the performance of the panel after a year. They will “make recommendations” accordingly.
Harvinder, chosen from the central zone, replaces Gagan Khoda in the panel. Jatain Paranjpe (West), Devang Gandhi (East) and Sarandeep Singh (North) are the panel’s existing members. “We have picked the best guys for the job.
We picked them (Joshi and Harvinder) because they were clear in their views,” Lal told PTI.
Talking specifically about Sunil Joshi, Lal said, “We liked his straight-forward attitude. He is experienced also (having been part of the Bangladesh support staff)”.
Five candidates had been shortlisted for interviews. Those included Joshi, Harvinder, Venkatesh Prasad, Rajesh Chauhan as well as L S Sivaramakrishnan. There were a total of 40 participants.
The 49-year-old Sunil Joshi played 15 Tests and 69 ODIs between 1996-2001. He took 41 and 69 wickets respectively.
On the other hand, Harvinder,42, represented India in 3 Tests and 16 ODIs between 1998-2001. He took 4 and 24 wickets respectively.
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