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You cannot go beyond tenures: Ganguly on selection committee

You cannot go beyond tenures: Ganguly on selection committee
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BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Sunday indicated that there will be no extension for members of the selection committee whose tenures have ended,...

Mumbai : BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Sunday indicated that there will be no extension for members of the selection committee whose tenures have ended, saying "you cannot go beyond" that.

Going by the Board's old constitution that has a provision for a maximum four-year term for the selection panel, its chairman MSK Prasad and his colleague Gagan Khoda's terms have expired.

Prasad and Khoda were appointed in 2015, while Jatin Paranjpe, Sarandeep Singh and Devang Gandhi, who joined them in 2016, have one more year left in their respective tenures as per the old constitution.

The amended constitution, though, has a provision for a maximum five-year term.

"Tenures are finished (means) tenures are finished. They have done a good job. You cannot go beyond your tenure and all of them don't finish, so majority of them stay and I dont think it should be a problem," Ganguly said when asked about Prasad's tenure after the BCCI's 88th Annual General Meeting (AGM) here.

Ganguly said they cannot appoint selectors every year. "As you must have heard, ICC now wants tournaments every year, that does not mean selectors continue forever. We will have a tenure and we will (heed) to the tenure."

Going by Ganguly's statements, the new selectors will have five-year terms. "There term is five years, they can stay for five years, but what we will do is that we will fix a term for selectors and appoint them."

Asked about his opinion on the performance of the Prasad-led selection panel, the former captain said, "We are fine with it. (Just) because we are not involved that does not mean the selectors are bad, they have done a good job, the team has done well and we don't have any problem."

The Indian team enjoyed plenty of success during the five-man panel's tenure with the positives far outweighing the negatives, but it often found itself at the receiving end of relentless criticism owing to their limited international careers collectively.

No need to have full-time CAC:

A full-time Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) is not needed as it has limited role restricted only to one or two meetings, Ganguly said on Sunday.

"CAC doesn't have much work. We keep talking about CAC, but the job of CAC is to appoint the selectors and the coach. Once you appoint a selection committee, it stays for four years and once you appoint a coach, it (he) stays for three years.

So where is the need of having a full-time CAC," Ganguly asked while addressing the media after the BCCI annual general meeting (AGM) at the board headquarters here on Sunday.

The BCCI is yet to appoint the CAC and Ganguly said the conflict of interest clause is coming in the way.

"So far it (CAC) is honorary, so even if you pay, you pay on what basis? There is no regular work.

To have CAC with conflict of interest, I don't know whether it is the best thing. It is about only one meeting," Ganguly said.

Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman had to step down previously from the CAC due to conflict of interest.

"The conflict clause stops everyone, that's why we can't make the CAC.

That's why we can't bring proper selectors. Conflict should only be for someone like us (office-bearers). Conflict stops us from getting good people. We are going back to the court to get clarification about the conflict clause," Ganguly said.

"We don't want to appoint a CAC only to get it cancelled, like it happened with us in the past two times with Kapil Dev and his team. So those clarifications are required," he said.

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