Raju to head Bengal selection committee

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By Staff Reporter
  • Published 25.09.14
Sourav Ganguly

Calcutta: Raju Mukherjee will be the chairman of selectors for the senior selection committee of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

The decision was taken at the CAB working committee meeting, at the BC Roy Club House, on Wednesday. Former India selector Sambaran Banerjee has been included in the selection panel, while IB Roy and Alok Bhattacharjee retained their positions.

Gopal Bose will now be a member of the cricket committee, replacing Banerjee.

The junior selection committee will be chaired by Arup Bhattacharya, while the women’s panel will have Mithu Mukherjee as the chairman.

Asked what was the reason behind the choice of the chairman of selectors, CAB assistant secretary Sourav Ganguly said that Mukherjee, a former BCCI match referee, has had the opportunity of watching a number of domestic matches and is aware of the current crop of players. “He has been a match referee and has followed domestic cricket closely,” the former India captain, who now wears the official’s hat, said.

In a meeting that lasted a little over an hour, new rules for the forthcoming AN Ghosh Memorial Trophy, to be played from November 17, were also ratified. The tournament will now be played as three-day matches, instead of two-day ones and on mat wicket.

A team selected from players of the CAB’s Vision 2020 project will also take part in the meet. It was also confirmed that former India pacer TA Sekhar will be the fast-bowling consultant of the Vision 2020 project, in place of Waqar Younis. Sekhar will reach the city on October 10, and his spin counterpart, Muttiah Muralidharan, will also reach around the same time.

Either VVS Laxman or Dilip Vengsarkar may be the batting consultant, according to sources.

Sourav also announced that Rajiv Seth, Pranab Roy, Dattatreya Mukherjee, Arindam Sarkar and Ajay Verma have qualified as BCCI match referees.

Meanwhile, Ashoke Dinda will lead the CAB XI in the JP Atray Memorial cricket tournament in Chandigarh, in place of Manoj Tiwary. Tiwary has been selected captain of the India A side that will play two practice matches against the visiting West Indies.