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Indian National Cricket Selectors

Template:Use Indian English Indian National Cricket Selectors is a committee of cricket administrators (usually ex-cricket players) whose responsibility is the selection of cricket team to represent India at various levels. The term for the selectors was increased from 1-year to 2 years in 2006[1] with a provision for an additional year based on performance.

Technically, there are 2 groups of selectors:

  • All India Senior Selection Committee: Responsibilities includes selection of teams for:
    • International matches – Test Matches, ODI Matches and T20I Matches
    • India 'A' teams – both for home and away series
    • President's XI / BCCI XI to play visiting international teams
  • All India Junior Selection Committee: Responsibilities include selection of teams for international tournaments involving:
    • Under-19 Cricket
    • Under-17 Cricket
    • Under-15 Cricket

Committee composition

The selection committee consists of 5 members and a convenor. Only the 5 members of the selection committee have voting rights on team selection. The convenor is the Secretary, BCCI for the senior selection team and Jr. Secretary for junior selection team.

The 5 members in the selection committee are selected the 5 cricket zones – North Zone, Central Zone, West Zone, East Zone, South Zone. One of the 5 members is selected by BCCI as the Chairman of the selection committee.

The Captain and Coach are invited to the selection committee meetings to present their opinions on team players though the captain and coach don't have voting rights in team selection.

Issues with Selection Committee composition

  • The biggest criticism of the 5 member selection committee is that of the interest served by the committee members. The popular opinion is that the selectors constantly engage in promoting the interests of players from their zone or vote on players based on cross-promotion from other zones instead of selecting the best available team.[2] BCCI tried addressing the issue as part of its Shashank Manohar led constitution review committee[3] in 2006. However, a lack of consensus and concerns by zonal heads scuttled any efforts to reduce the 5 member committee to a 3 or 4 national committee.
    • In August 1998, the Rules Revision Committee composed of Jagmohan Dalmiya (Special Invitee), Raj Singh Dungarpur, Lele, Jyoti Bajpai, S K Nair, N Subba Rao, Ratnakar Shetty, Bibhuti Das and Ranbir Singh recommended comprehensive reconstitution of the national selection committee.[4] The Selection committee would consists of 3 members who have played at least 20 Tests or 50 Ranji Trophy each. In addition, the selectors would be paid instead of asking them to take an honorary position and would be aided by a 5 member talent spotter team – one from each Zone. Unfortunately the recommendations of this committee report was never implemented and the reasons remain unknown.[4]
    • After the 2007 Cricket World Cup debacle where India was eliminated in the first round, BCCI has scapped the zonal selection system and is looking to replace the 5-man selection committee.[5] The details of the new structure is still awaited. BCCI's decision has been welcomed by several players including former Chairman of selection committee, Kiran More.[6]
  • John Wright, Indian National Coach (2000–2005) in his book John Wright's Indian Summers championed the need to have professionally paid selectors rather than have people play the role on an honorary basis. John Wright felt that professionally paid selectors could be held accountable for their actions.[2] In the book, John Wright disclosed that he felt frustrated at some of the decisions made by the selectors at various points during his coaching career.[7]
    • After the 2007 Cricket World Cup debacle where India was eliminated in the first round, BCCI has decided to scrap the honorary system for selectors and have paid selectors.[5]
  • Cricket Coaches and ex-cricketers have debated the merits and de-merits of the coach having a vote in the selection committee. Kapil Dev[8] wanted to have voting rights when he took over as national coach but BCCI never gave any coach voting rights in the selection process.

Selection committee

Year Chairman Members
North Central East West South
2012–now^[9] Sandeep Patil Vikram Rathore Rajinder Hans Saba Karim Roger Binny
2010–2012[10] K. Srikkanth Mohinder Amarnath Narendra Hirwani Raja Venkat Surendra Bhave
2008–2010[11] K. Srikkanth Yashpal Sharma Narendra Hirwani Raja Venkat Surendra Bhave
2006–2008[12] Dilip Vengsarkar Bhupinder Singh Sr. Sanjay Jagdale Ranjib Biswal Venkatapathy Raju
2005[13] Kiran More Bhupinder Singh Sr. Sanjay Jagdale Ranjib Biswal V.B. Chandrasekhar
2004[14] Kiran More Yashpal Sharma Gopal Sharma Pranab Roy V.B. Chandrasekhar
2003[15] Syed Kirmani Kirti Azad Sanjay Jagdale Pranab Roy Kiran More
2002[16] Brijesh Patel Kirti Azad Sanjay Jagdale Pranab Roy Kiran More
2001[17] Chandu Borde Madan Lal Sanjay Jagdale Ashok Malhotra Shivlal Yadav
2000[18] Chandu Borde Madan Lal Sanjay Jagdale Ashok Malhotra Shivlal Yadav
1999[19] Chandu Borde Madan Lal Anil Deshpande Ashok Malhotra Shivlal Yadav
1998[20] Ajit Wadekar Madan Lal Anil Deshpande Sambaran Bannerjee Shivlal Yadav
March 1998 – September 1998[21] Kishan Rungta Mohinder Pandove Sambaran Bannerjee Ajit Wadekar Shivlal Yadav
October 1997 – March 1998 Ramakant Desai Mohinder Pandove Kishan Rungta Sambaran Bannerjee Shivlal Yadav
1996[22] Ramakant Desai Mohinder Pandove Kishan Rungta Sambaran Bannerjee Shivlal Yadav
1995 Gundappa Viswanath Mohinder Pandove Kishan Rungta Sambaran Bannerjee Anshuman Gaekwad


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