India’s non-flying selectors

BCCI decides not to send national selectors along with the Indian team on foreign tours.

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Published:November 19, 2013 3:48 am

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to terminate the practice of sending national selectors along with the Indian team on foreign tours. The board instead wants their five wise men to focus more on the ongoing Ranji Trophy and try to keep a more stringent eye on the upcoming domestic talent.

The decision was taken a few weeks ago by the higher ups in the board. It also sounded the death knell to the junior selection committee’s overseas sojourns and there will be none of them accompanying the A team on tours that generally follow the IPL.

“They have been asked to cover Ranji games. Once domestic cricket is done,they can be at home. We felt that sending selectors abroad served no purpose. They are not part of the selection process on tours and if they want to look at overseas performances they can see them from home on television,” a BCCI official told The Indian Express.

It is learnt that the selectors had already been informed about the decision and that they have already started making travel plans based on the Ranji Trophy calendar.

Till recently,the tendency has been for two of the five members of the national selection committee headed by Sandeep Patil and that includes Syed Saba Karim,Vikram Rathore,Rajinder Singh Hans and Roger Binny,to travel with the national team on foreign tours,leaving the other three to man the responsibilty to overseeing domestic matches.

For instance,Binny and Hans had traveled to Zimbabwe during India’s last overseas visit while Rathore and Karim were part of India A’s tour to South Africa.

On the move

Mahendra Singh Dhoni & Co will be clocking significant air miles abroad over the next 12 months starting with the tour to South Africa next month followed by trips to New Zealand,the Asia Cup and World T20 in Bangladesh,and England in June. On the basis of the BCCI’s new dictum,Patil and his team will be witnessing those series from the comfort of their living rooms.

Domestic focus

The source also added that the board wants the selectors to cover as many of the Ranji matches as possible,including the ones involving the weaker teams. And in terms of picking teams for ‘A’ tours,they could confer with the coaches before taking the final call. “You never know where you will find talent. Even the smaller teams might have some good players,” he added.

No money to JKCA

The Indian board has also blocked nearly Rs 60 crores due to be paid to the Jammu Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) after the association failed to present their accounts statement. JKCA has been marred by controversies recently relating to a scam worth multiple crores.

Uncapped players in IPL auction pool

Mumbai: Uncapped players will be included in the next auction pool of the Indian Premier League,it was decided at a governing council meeting held in Mumbai on Sunday.

Not only those who have played Ranji Trophy but also those who have featured in only T20 cricket will be added to the auction pool,it is learnt. Earlier,salary caps were fixed for such players depending on the number of matches they have played at the domestic level. Uncapped players were bought outside the auction.

A case in point of an uncapped player likely to attract a good prize at the auction is Rajasthan Royals leg-spinner Pravin Tambe. Tambe,42,was the highest wicket-taker on the Champions League T20 but hasn’t played a Ranji Trophy game yet.

“Everybody agreed that uncapped players must be brought into the auction pool. Having uncapped players in the auction will benefit deserving players as well as increase the options for the owners,” a governing council member said.

Four to be retained

The new rule will mean that 19-year-old Sanju Samson,who made an impression while playing for Rajasthan Royals during the last season of the IPL,will be part of the open auction.

The governing council also decided that each team will be able to retain up to four players,a rule that remains unchanged. However,the IPL governing council will consult all owners before taking a final decision on the number of players a team can retain.

“We will listen to what owners have to say about the numbers of players a team will be allowed to retain,a source added.

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