The Supreme Court-appointed Lodha committee expressed strong reservations against Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) plan to appoint five selectors instead of the three suggested by the panel.
Sources close to the committee told TOI that all those former cricketers who are going to apply for the job will not only 'lose their credibility' but also face dire consequences.
"Those who apply for the posts will fall foul of the Supreme Court-appointed panel. The applicants will stand to lose their position immediately with the panel taking cognizance of it. The committee expects most players, who value their credibility, not to take a risk by applying for the posts," a source said on Tuesday (September 13).
The board has set September 14 as the deadline for applying for the posts of selectors and had spelt out eligibility criteria, many of which contravened Lodha's suggestions. When TOI sought BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke's response, he only said, "The board has called an AGM to ponder over the Lodha reforms. We can't reveal anything more."
The Lodha panel is also miffed over BCCI's insistence that three selectors won't be enough to do a good job of picking the team. "The panel can't understand why BCCI keeps referring to the vastness of the country when there is a talk of three selectors. In place of the advisory committee, a cricket talent committee would be formed, which will be responsible for scouting talent and cricket development as well," the source in the panel explained.
Sources said that the Lodha panel thinks that since the five selectors don't travel for every domestic game, it won't make much of a difference if there is a three-member panel. There is also enough "TV viewing" for the three selectors to spot the best performers in the country, the Lodha panel sources explained.