BCCI appoints new selection panel, defies Lodha panel

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Mumbai: BCCI President Anurag Thakur talking to the media after the 87th AGM of BCCI at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Mumbai: BCCI President Anurag Thakur talking to the media after the 87th AGM of BCCI at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Former wicketkeeper-batsman MSK Prasad has been named the new chairman of selectors to replace of Sandeep Patil by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The decision was taken at the 87th Annual General Meeting of the BCCI in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Apart from Prasad, the new selection team comprises of Gagan Khoda, Devang Gandhi, Jatin Paranjpe and Sarandeep Singh.

In appointing the new panel, the BCCI has completely defied Lodha panel’s recommendations to reform the corruption-stricken cricket body. Lodha panel had called for a three-member panel instead of five with all members having Test experience.

But now, the new selection committee has a combined international experience of 13 Tests and 31 ODIs.

The 41-year-old Prasad, who comes from Andhra Pradesh, has played six Tests and 17 ODIs in his brief international career.

Gagan Khoda, who has not played any Test cricket has been retained in the committee from the central zone.

Devang Gandhi, Jatin Paranjpe and Sarandeep Singh are the new additions to the selection panel. Of the three, Paranjpe has no Test experience.

“The emergent Special General Meeting of the BCCI will be held on 30th September 2016 at 11 AM IST at the BCCI headquarters, Mumbai to consider the amendments to the rules and regulations of BCCI as recommended by Hon’ble Justice Lodha Committee,” the Board said in a statement.

Mumbai: Sharad Pawar, Rajeev Shukla, Niranjan Shah, M.P. Pandove and Saurav Ganguly at the 87th AGM of BCCI at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Mumbai: Sharad Pawar, Rajeev Shukla, Niranjan Shah, M.P. Pandove and Saurav Ganguly at the 87th AGM of BCCI at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Former India seamer Venkatesh Prasad was retained as chairman of the junior selection committee.

Among other decisions taken, Shirke, who was the lone nominee for the Secretary’s position, retained the job, while the audited statement of accounts for the year ending March 31, 2016 and the budget for the year 2016-17 were approved.

Another noteworthy decision was to nominate Board President Anurag Thakur as India’s representative in the ICC and the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).

Former BCCI and ICC President Sharad Pawar was chosen to be the Board’s alternate director for ICC meetings.

(With inputs from PTI)