Sourav Ganguly also informed that while Madan Lal and Sulakshana Naik are the members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), Gautam Gambhir is being replaced as he can not hold any position being a Member of Parliament.
New Delhi: The revamped selection committee with a new chairman at helm will pick the Indian squad for the three ODIs against South Africa at home in March, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said on Monday.
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Ajit Agarkar, Rajesh Chauhan and Venkatesh Prasad are some of the key contenders to replace outgoing chairman MSK Prasad (South zone) and Gagan Khoda (Central zone) in the five-member panel.
"The Test squad for New Zealand has already been picked by the old committee and the new committee's first meeting will be held before home ODI series against South Africa. The interviews for short-listed candidates will happen soon," Ganguly said.
The BCCI president also informed that while Madan Lal and Sulakshana Naik are the members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), Gautam Gambhir is being replaced as he can not hold any position being a Member of Parliament.
"We have decided on Gautam's replacement and the announcement will be made soon. Madan Lal and Sulakshana are there," he said.
Meanwhile, Ganguly also informed that all-rounder Hardik Pandya has still not attained match fitness after his back surgery.
"He can't play right now. It will take some time before he gets fit," the BCCI president said.
Hardik had recently failed the fitness test in his bid to make a national come back.
His trainer S Rajnikant had claimed that Pandya can pass YoYo Test. It is understood that the Baroda all-rounder is nowhere close to attaining international match fitness.
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BCCI Secretary Jay Shah had said that IPL will have an official two-and-a-half-month window so that all the top international cricketers can participate. However, the PCB is not happy it.
Former India all-rounder Agarkar also spoke on the ideal team combination for the visitors and backed Shardul Thakur's inclusion as the ideal all-round option at No 8.
The new version of Pandya has learned to play second fiddle and a supporting role as a batter, where he lets those ahead of him in the order, or even those following, do their stuff while he keeps up the scoring rate without getting too flashy.