Sourav Ganguly
File photo of Sourav Ganguly

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Sunday revealed that there will be no extension for members of the selection panel whose terms have been ended, saying “you cannot go beyond” that. As per the Board’s old constitution that has a provision for a maximum four-year tenure for the selection committee, to which the chairman MSK Prasad and his colleague Gagan Khoda’s terms have expired.

Both Prasad and Khoda were appointed in 2015, while Jatin Paranjpe, Sarandeep Singh and Devang Gandhi joined them in 2016 and they have one more year left in their respective tenures according to the old constitution. However, the amended constitution has a provision for a maximum five-year term.

“Tenures are finished (means) tenures are finished. They have done a good job. You cannot go beyond your tenure and all of them don’t finish, so majority of them stay and I dont think it should be a problem,” Sourav Ganguly said when he was asked about MSK Prasad’s tenure after the BCCI’s 88th Annual General Meeting (AGM) here.

Sourav Ganguly
File photo of Sourav Ganguly

On the other hand, Sourav Ganguly said they cannot appoint selectors every year.

“As you must have heard, ICC now wants tournaments every year, that does not mean selectors continue forever. We will have a tenure and we will (heed) to the tenure. There term is five years, they can stay for five years, but what we will do is that we will fix a term for selectors and appoint them,” he added.

He was asked about his opinion on the performance of the MSK Prasad-led selection committee, to which the former captain said, “We are fine with it. (Just) because we are not involved that does not mean the selectors are bad, they have done a good job, the team has done well and we don’t have any problem.”

The Indian team have seen plenty of success during the five-man committee’s tenure, but it often found that they have faced criticism owing to their limited international careers collectively, as well as, over selection.