On Monday, November 28, the deadline for applications was closed. The BCCI is likely to appoint a Cricket Advisory Committee which will conduct interviews before announcing its decision. The new selection panel will begin by selecting the Indian team to play in the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka in 2023.
The current panel, which is led by Chetan Singh, will be retained. The members of the panel are currently following the knockout stages in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy competition for domestic 50-overs, as well the Cooch Behar Trophy Trophy.
Das is currently a contracted coach for Punjab. He was previously a coach at the National Cricket Academy, and he also played for the Indian women’s cricket team. His former Odisha teammate, Debasis Mohanty, will be replaced if Das is elected – many of his contemporaries think so. Mohanty has served his five-year term of selector as an Indian fast bowler.
Badani is another strong candidate, which he did not categorically confirm or deny. He Currently works as a fielding coach with Sunrisers Hyderabad IPL. He also has a strong track record in TNPL as the head coach for Chepauk Super Gillies. They have won three titles in succession (the 2022 title is shared).
Three members can reapply for jobs. Although it is not clear if Harvinder Singh or Chetan Singh will, it has been learned that Sunil Joshi will be leaving the selection committee. This leaves the vacant position of West Zone Selector, which was already vacant after the tenure of Abey Kunvilla ended last year.
Deep Dasgupta, Laxmi Ratan Shkla, and other names that are being circulated from the east have both confirmed that they have not applied. Shukla, who has taken over the Bengal team’s head coaching role from Arun Lal six months ago is now a broadcaster.
Mongia is one of the new applicants. He has been part of a selection panel at Baroda at both the senior and junior levels. He is among the most senior candidates, having completed 44 Tests and 140 OIs. Sameer Dighe from Mumbai and Salil Ankola from Punjab, as well as Gyanendra Pandey of UP and Reetinder Sodhi from Punjab, have expressed an interest in the job. Ajit Agarkar was one of the most prominent candidates last time but has not applied again.
BCCI set minimum qualifications for the new selection panel. It required applicants to have at least seven Tests or 30 first class matches. They also required 10 ODIs or 20 first-class matches. The applicants must have retired at least five years ago and not be older than 60 years. The committee will be made up of five members, one from each zone.
ESPNcricinfo had previously misreported L Sivaramakrishnan’s candidature. It is regrettable.
Shashank is a senior editor at ESPNcricinfo.