Sandeep Patil, chairman of the senior national selection committee who is set to complete his four-year term in September, has sought a one-year extension, a move that hasn’t gone down well with the Indian cricket board. In a letter to the board secretary Ajay Shirke. Patil had stated his wish for continuity ahead of a packed home season, but he is likely to be rejected.
“He knows that no selector can hold a post for four years and despite that he wants to be the selector. How can he even expect BCCI will consider such kind of request. There are others too waiting for selectors job,” a BCCI official told The Indian Express. A text message was sent to him but Patil didn’t reply.
As per Indian cricket board’s rules, no selector can hold his position for more than four years. It’s learnt that Patil believes that his extension could ensure continuity in the selection committee with India set to play 13 Tests at home. A packed schedule has India playing Tests against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, and Australia. However, Patil’s application has reverse effect and has bought ire to BCCI bosses.
Incidentally, Patil had earlier applied for the job of coaching Indian team but wasn’t shortlisted for the interview. Patil was the first big name to apply for the post and though, many were called for interview by the Cricket Advisory Committee, he wasn’t. The former Mumbai and India player is currently with the Indian team in West Indies in his first trip abroad as a selector.