3 outgoing voters likely to stay back to pick Indian squad for Australia tour: report

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The three outgoing selectors – Devang Gandhi, Jatin Paranjape and Sarandeep Singh – are likely to stay at least until India’s jumbo team for Australia’s end-of-year tour is announced, mainly to ensure continuity. Gandhi, Paranjape and Singh will complete their four-year (three plus one) term on September 30, but the BCCI is unlikely to interview the aspiring candidates any time soon and will instead remain with the existing committee.

The PTI can confirm that the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), consisting of Madan Lal (head), Rudra Pratap Singh and Sulakshana Naik, has not yet received any communication from the Council regarding conducting interviews for the three upcoming. vacant posts.

“Yes, the CAC has not received any indication as of now. It is clear that the COVID-19 lockdown has messed up all plans and now the focus is on IPL. Also, no domestic cricket is being held at the moment,” a senior BCCI official told PTI under conditions of anonymity

There is a line of thought within the BCCI that at this point, with the start of the IPL, it is better that the three outgoing panelists stay at least until the Indian squad is announced for the tour of Australia. The team will announce this between the second and third week of October.

“If you look, MSK Prasad and Gagan Khoda were replaced in March 2020 and not September 2019. It doesn’t hurt at all if Devang, Jatin and Sarandeep Sunil and Harvinder are helping out for the Australian series and possibly the English series.

“They have discussed domestic cricket extensively and they have a good idea about the strength of the bench,” added the source.

The Supreme Court hearing on the BCCI cooling off petition for President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah is another factor.

The announcement of new selectors is done conventionally at the AGM, as the selection panel is a subcommittee of the BCCI.

Playing team of 23-25 ​​members for a tour of Australia

Considering health and safety, the BCCI is likely to send an extensive group of players to Australia whose strength will be between 23-25.

“It is only natural that at least 23 to 25 players are being transported, just like Pakistan and the West Indies in England.

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“There is no need to just call bowlers from outside and if the players from India A-team also go it would help us have a good four-day first-class match simulation in bio-bubble,” a BCCI official said. , PTI said.

It is possible that the support staff, led by head coach Ravi Shastri, as well as the players not participating in the IPL playoffs, will reach Australia directly in late October or the first week of November, with the others joining the bubble after they have completed their IPL commitments.

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