With the World Cup just around the corner and the T20 team already investing in next-generation talent, Agarkar and his team (SS Das, Salil Ankola, S Sharath and Subroto Banerjee) are charged with giving much needed direction and long-term planning that the Indian team has lacked lately. Although Prasad’s committee has been constantly criticized for having very few international matches under their belt, the work they have done to make a pool of players ready for international cricket was evident in the pandemic years.
But since then, India has stagnated in that aspect, and A-tour programs have shrunk considerably. This is why the BCCI needs to have some continuity in the work of the selectors.
But after the arrival of Agarkar and the already existing Ankola, for the first time ever there are two selectors from the same states. There has been talk that Ancola, who is about to leave with the national team for the Caribbean, will eventually retire. And it will likely happen after the World Cup, which means more changes are inevitable.
While the BCCI statute does not require the five selectors to be from different zones, that was one of the arguments the board made in the Supreme Court when the Lodha Commission reduced the selection committee from five to three people. And even the ads posted by the BCCI made no mention of zones, but the unwritten rui calls into question the team’s leadership choices, especially after the loss in the WTC finalsHe was part of the Delhi Capitals’ team in the IPL, most recently in 2007. The first meeting of the new chairman will be the selection of the T20 squad for the West Indies game, which is expected to include Rinku Singh and Tilak Verma.