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In a move to ensure national selectors are not missing out on domestic talents, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be asking match referees to also play the role of scouts. This is due to SC-appointed Lodha Panel recommendations that saw the selection panel being downsized from five members to three.

According to Times of India, an BCCI official said: “At the moment, it has been decided that match referees will be mandated to provide feedback on player performance to help the national selectors. Even the current general manager (cricket ops) Saba Karim, who was a selector in the last selection committee, felt that it is extremely difficult for even five selectors to effectively cover all domestic matches.”

The BCCI are also planning to revive the Talent Resource Development Office (TRDO). The official adds, “Reviving TRDO is still an idea. Nothing is concrete at the moment. The benefits of the wing is well documented as MS Dhoni himself came through this programme.”

It was also being said that BCCI will be dispersing INR 250 cr  to every IPL franchise.