The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to invite applications for appointing its new women’s selection committee.
The current panel is led by Hemlata Kala and comprises of selectors Sudha Shah, Shashi Gupta, Anjali Pendharker and Lopamudra Bhattacharji. However, the panel is set to end its term soon.
According to the Constitution of the BCCI, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) appoints the men’s selection panel. However, the CAC does not pick the women’s selection panel. During the previous Annual General Meeting (AGM), Sourav Ganguly, the BCCI president, said that the office-bearers will have to put in place a new process where the CAC appoints the women selection panel as well.
“The CAC doesn’t pick the women’s committee. I don’t know why but they only pick the men’s team selectors and the coach.” Ganguly was earlier quoted as saying in Sportstar.
However, the CAC is yet to be appointed. Earlier it was learned that former cricketers Madan Lal and Gautam Gambhir would be joining along with international women cricketer Sulakshana Naik. But there appears to be a Conflict of Interest issue arising with the nominees and the BCCI is yet to finalize the names who will spearhead CAC. The CAC will then select the women selection committee.
On the work front, Indian women are gearing up for the Tri-series tournament involving India, England and Australia to be played in Canberra from January 31.
Women in blue will look to ravage through these tough opponents and find the perfect team combination for the T20 World Cup which begins in Sydney on 21 February.