Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s move of appointing former Test batsman Sandeep Patil as the chairman of the senior selection committee may have surprised many. In comparison to that, the removal of Mohinder Amarnath from the committee was on the expected lines.
Having said that, the Board was expected to explain the reasons of dropping Amarnath after just one year in the job.
But BCCI president Narayanswamy Srinivasan refused to divulge the reasons of Amarnath’s ouster. According to Srinivasan, the decision not to reappoint Amarnath cannot be discussed in public and at the same time added that the Board members wanted a new-look committee.
“The term of the selectors is for a maximum of four years, but they have to be elected annually… It’s the decision of the BCCI. One cannot go into the reasons (for not re-appointing Amarnath). It’s not a subject for public debate,” Srinivasan told a media conference after the Annual General Meeting.
“But the fact is that I think the BCCI wanted, if possible, a new-look selection committee and that’s what we have. The issue is not what is the credential of X or Y... Basically, it’s a one-year term extended upto a maximum of four years.
“It’s not a fixed four-year term. The selectors are elected annually. But they can be there for a maximum of four terms. The selection committee is appointed by the Board and there is a process of consultation.
“The process has been going on for quite some time and not just today (Thursday) morning.” (agencies)