Srikkanth's tenure extension to be decided at AGM

The hat-trick of losses in England have raised doubts over the extension of tenure of Kris Srikkanth-led selection team AFP

Mumbai: Aug 15, 2011

Team India’s recent drubbing in England has raised a lot of questions about selection policies and suddenly Krishnamachari Srikkanth-led panel which was all but sure to get an year’s extension will come under scanner during board’s AGM on September 19 and 20.

“It would be decided at the AGM,” was the terse reply from BCCI secretary and president-elect N Srinivasan.

According BCCI constituition, the tenure for a national selector is for four years with a chance of extension at the end of the third year.

Barring North Zone’s Yashpal Sharma who has completed four years, West Zone’s Surendra Bhave, East’s Raja Venkat, Central’s Narendra Hirwani along with Srikkanth were set get an extension after World Cup triumph.

But hat-trick of humiliating Test defeats in England has raised a few questions about the future of this panel.

Especially, both West Zone and East Zone are unhappy with the selectors representing their respective regions and want a change.

Former Maharashtra batsman Bhave and Bengal southpaw Venkat are the two members who haven’t played any international cricket are considered to be the two weaklinks in the panel.

“Bhave is not firm enough to air his views. We, at the zone, feel a stronger man is needed to put forth the West players’ credentials in the next committee,” sources told PTI.

Similarly, the East Zone members especially Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) have never supported Venkat and there are reports they would also request BCCI to consider a replacement.

Interestingly, CAB which is Venkat’s state association didn’t include him in the state selection panel for the last three years.(PTI)