starts in
days hours mins

Ashish Kapoor Likely to be Appointed Chief of Junior Selection Panel

PTI |March 4, 2018, 8:57 AM IST
Ashish Kapoor Likely to be Appointed Chief of Junior Selection Panel

New Delhi: Former India off-spinner Ashish Kapoor in all likelihood will make a comeback in the junior national selection panel after chairman Venkatesh Prasad resigned from his post on Friday.

It is all but certain that Prasad will be joining Kings XI Punjab as their bowling coach and in order to avoid potential 'Conflict of Interest', the former seamer stepped down less than a month after India won the ICC U-19 World Cup.

The other two members of the panel currently are former Uttar Pradesh all-rounder Gyanendra Pandey and former Baroda batsman Rakesh Parikh.

Kapoor, along with Punjab batsman Amit Sharma, was a part of the five-member junior selection panel before it was pruned to three as per Lodha Committee recommendations.

"In all likelihood, Ashish will make a comeback into the junior selection panel now that Venky has resigned. In case of Jatin Paranjpe and Gagan Khoda, they can't be senior national selectors again as they are not Test players. But in case of Ashish and Amit, there was no problem with eligibility criteria," a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

"They had to make way because the other three (Prasad, Pandey and Parikh) were appointed in September 2015 and these two (Kapoor and Sharma) in 2016. Now with Venky gone, it's only fair that Ashish makes a comeback as he has better credentials than Amit. He will in any case be the only Test cricketer in junior panel. Unless Committee Of Administrators (COA) has something completely different on their mind, it's going to be Ashish," said the official.

Kapoor had played 4 Tests and 17 ODIs for India. He had played the 1996 World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka. Punjab batsman Sharma has played 53 first-class and 40 List A games between 1993 and 2003.

While Prasad opted for the greener pastures of cash-rich IPL, it is widely believed that not being considered for the GM's (Cricket Operations) post was one of the primary reason for his resignation. Also the BCCI did not announce any cash reward for the junior panel despite the U-19 side winning the World Cup.

The senior panel and women selectors, however, got richer after both men's and women's team finished runners-up in ICC Champions Trophy and World Cup respectively.

Having worked 30 months as the junior selection committee chairman, the former Karnataka medium pacer was looking for a new challenge and wanted to get back to coaching.

"Look, everyone also looks at the financial benefits of any deal. One can't fault Venky if he is looking at an opportunity with an IPL franchise where he would get paid significantly more for a period of 7 weeks compared to what he draws as per annum salary from the BCCI."

Related stories

Junior National Selection Chief Venkatesh Prasad Resigns
Cricketnext Staff | March 3, 2018, 7:57 AM IST

Junior National Selection Chief Venkatesh Prasad Resigns

Also Watch

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
see more
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
see more