BCCI fires Chetan Sharma-led national selection committee following poor T20 World Cup 2022 performance: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has fired the entire senior men’s selection committee which was led by former Indian fast bowler Chetan Sharma. The unprecedented development was confirmed as the Indian cricket board released a media statement on Friday and invited fresh applications for the said posts.
Interestingly, this is the first major step taken by the Roger Binny-led BCCI administration. Binny, the former Indian all-rounder, was appointed BCCI chairman succeeding Sourav Ganguly, a few months ago.
It has been reported that the BCCI wasn’t pleased with the performance of the selection committee. However, the major driving factor in sacking the entire senior men selection committee was team India’s back-to-back losses in the T20 World Cup 2021 and 2022.
“For Chetan to save his job, India needed to win the T20 World Cup. Nothing less could have saved him. But once, he was asked to select four squads at one go (New Zealand and Bangladesh away series) which was unprecedented, one could read between the lines,” a BCCI insider said on the condition of anonymity to PTI.
Team India wrapped their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign after failing in the group stages. Moreover, their T20 World Cup 2022 defeat came against England in the second semi-final.
Notably, Sunil Joshi, Harvinder Singh, Debasis Mohanty and Chetan Sharma are the shortest-serving selectors. Usually, BCCI gives a four-year appointment to the senior men selectors. Barring Debasis Mohanty, who was about to complete his stint, the other three had only half-served.
Nonetheless, the BCCI has now invited fresh applications for the vacant posts. The BCCI has also specified the job description and duties that are required to be done which includes –
- Best possible team selection with a fair and transparent process.
- Appointing a separate captain for each format of cricket.
- Preparing a strong bench strength for the senior Indian side.
- Attend team meetings as and when required.
- Being present to watch domestic and international matches.
- Prepare and provide evaluation reports of the respective team performances to the apex council of BCCI on a quarterly basis.
- When instructed by the BCCI, address the media on team selection.
- Adhere to the rules and regulations of BCCI.