Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has elected new selection panel members for the upcoming period. There is a common and tricky question faced by the candidates appearing for the interview of national selectors.
Madan Lal-led CAC asked the candidates about former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future in international cricket. The three-member panel asked the candidates, “what will be your call on Mahendra Singh Dhoni’sfuture with the Indian team?”
This question was common for the potential national selectors appearing in interview. Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Venkatesh Prasad, Rajesh Chauhan, Sunil Joshi and Harvinder Singh – five candidates were asked the same question.
A senior BCCI official told the PTI, “Yes, the CAC had one common question and that was about their call with regards to Mahendra Singh Dhoni and whether they will select him for T20 World Cup.”
Ultimately, two new selectors named in the five-member panel were Sunil Joshi and Harvinder Singh. Now, it is known that the new BCCI regime is of the view that the new selection committee have a clear cut stand on MSD’s international future.
“Dhoni is both a sensitive and tricky issue and that’s why the question needed to be asked,” the source added.
The CAC also asked some of the candidates whether they were “only looking at the chairman’s post” or they would be happy to become just a member of selection committee. Laxman Sivaramakrishnan was a strong candidate for the post of chairman and it is learnt that CAC was not sure of him whether he would be ready to serve only as a selector.
After the interviews, Lal said, “We liked his straight forward attitude.”
Since the loss in World Cup Semi-final against New Zealand in July 2019, MS Dhoni has been out of any kind of cricket. The sabbatical, he took from the game after the World Cup, has not ended yet. However, all of it is soon going to end, when MS Dhoni will lead Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of 13th edition of Indian Premier League on March 29. But still there is no lucency over the veteran wicketkeeper batsman’s future with Indian cricket team.