Former India spinner the 49 year-old Sunil Joshi was named chairman of the national selection panel by the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), which also picked ex-pacer Harvinder Singh for a place in the five-member group.
The CAC, comprising Madan Lal, R P Singh and Sulakshana Naik, picked the two selectors with Joshi replacing South Zone representative MSK Prasad. Joshi had played 15 Tests from 1996- 2000 and 69 ODI’s from 1996- 2001. He took 41 and 69 wickets respectively.
In an unprecedented decision, the BCCI said the CAC will review the panel’s performance after one year and make recommendations accordingly.
“The committee recommended Sunil Joshi for the role of Chairman of the senior men’s selection committee. The CAC will review the candidates after a one-year period and make the recommendations to the BCCI,” read a statement from BCCI Secretary Jay Shah.
Harvinder was chosen from central zone and replaces Gagan Khoda in the panel.
The existing members of the selection panel are Jatain Paranjpe, Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh.
“We have picked the best guys for the job,” Lal told PTI.
The CAC had shortlisted five candidates for interviews — Joshi, Harvinder, Venkatesh Prasad, Rajesh Chauhan and L S Sivaramakrishnan — from a list of 40 applicants.