On Thursday, the BCCI announced three new members of the selection committee for the senior cricket team. His names are Chetan Sharma, Abhay Kuruvilla and Devashish Mohanty. Sunil Joshi and Harvinder Singh are already on the selection committee. Chetan Sharma, the most experienced of them, will be the chairman of the committee. The performance of the committee will be reviewed after one year. It will then be decided whether to extend his tenure or not. What is special about this selection committee is that four of them are former fast bowlers and one is a former spinner. None of this can be called a batsman. However, Chetan Sharma has scored a century in ODIs. This is the first time that the Indian team has four expert pacers in the selection committee.
There are two main types of players in cricket – batsman and bowler. That is, he is the master of any one genre. Those who balance the two are called all-rounders. -Lounder can be counted on the fingers, which are equally adept in both positions. The most important role in building any type of team is played by two types of people. Team coaches and coaching staff and other selection committee members. When these people play their role well, then good results come on the field. If any of them fail in their role, then its bad effect is seen directly on the field.
When the seed is sown, hurry to talk about the fruit that comes on it. Similarly, if we start making any guesses before starting the functioning of the new selection committee of the BCCI, it will also be placed in the same category. It is still not possible to talk about the selection committee. Indian cricket fans could not forget the defeat of the World Cup 2019 and they know that we lost the number of qualified batsmen at No. 4 at that time. Now the T20 World Cup 2021 and the ODI World Cup 2023 are to be held. The committee will select the team for the T20 World Cup 2021. The squad for the ODI World Cup 2023 will also be decided by a selection committee headed by Chetan Sharma.
It has often been observed that during the selection of a team the captain or coach pushes for the selection of the player of their choice. In such a situation, only competent and visionary selectors are able to select the right player without pressure. It is not fair to assume that former bowlers will not be able to do justice to the batsmen when selecting a team. But there is enough reason to believe that a former batsman can easily recognize the technique and patience of a young batsman, no former bowler can recognize him. Often the captain of a team is a batsman. Coaches have also been seen mostly by former batsmen. In such a situation, it is possible that the coach-captain duo will dominate the selectors with bowling experience. Especially during the election of new batsmen. If that happened then it would be better for the team than anywhere else. It is expected that the ‘Panch Parmeshwar’, led by Chetan Sharma, who took his first hat-trick in the World Cup, will not come under any such pressure.
It is a matter of fact why the five members of the selection committee are bowlers. So no reason has been given or explanation given by BCCI in this regard. Indeed, there is a specialty of cricket, which is much loved by the Board of Cricket in India (BCCI). It is uncertainty. The board is also very famous for its opacity. In such a scenario, it is useless to expect such a question from the Indian Cricket Board. So, there will be speculation.
And finally. The names of Chetan Sharma, Abhay Kuruvilla and Devashish Mohanty, also known as CAC, have been recommended by the Cricket Advisory Committee for the selection committee. The CAC members include three former cricketers Madan Lal, RP Singh and Sulakshan Nayak. That is, coincidentally there is no expert batsman in CAC either. Madan Lal and RP Singh are the bowlers of their time and Sulakshan Nayak has been the wicketkeeper. The CAC recommended three names only after interviewing 11 people, which the BCCI accepted without hesitation.
(Disclaimer: This is the personal opinion of the author.)