Five contenders to replace MSK Prasad as the head of Indian selection committee

Controversies have been raging ever-since the MSK Prasad, the former Indian and Andhra the cricketer was appointed the Chief Selector of the team. One of the first doubts that crept in among the fans was his qualification, followed by why he was picked ahead of some other great contenders like VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble.

While there's one thing we all can agree to, that coaching, selecting and playing are different aspects, but the fans never have taken the MSK Prasad-selection respectfully. They have always had disagreements with him, especially for the team his committee sent to the 2019 World Cup. He clearly is not the fan-favorite and with his term coming to an end soon, we could see a new face taking up that role soon.

Reports also emerged in recent months that finding a new candidate has not been easy for the BCCI, with the salary being the biggest issue. There are talks going on around a possible increment, which would see the chief selector get INR 1.5 Crore and the other four get INR 1.2 Crore.

MSK Prasad is the only person who could get replaced as Sarandeep Singh, Jatin Paranjpe and Devang Gandhi are set to continue in their roles for another year until their term ends in 2020. Here are five possible replacements for the big vacancy in Indian cricket.

5. Sanjay Bangar

Sanjay Bangar has been the head coach of Kings XI Punjab and churned out a few good results. He has also worked with the Indian national side as the batting coach for a while and he knows his way around the team pretty well. Although there was never any news or reports on his relationship with Indian skipper Virat Kohli, his sacking after the 2019 World Cup could mean something.

He definitely stands a chance and could take a shot at this position, once the vacancy is officially announced. Bangar, who represented India in 12 Tests and 15 ODIs, is also a smooth conversationist and could play a key role in negotiating futures with some of the young budding stars who are on the sidelines despite good performances in the domestic circuit.

4. Anil Kumble

One of the greats of Indian cricket, Anil Kumble remains to be the highest wicket-taker in both formats for the country. The former Indian captain was also the head coach for a brief point in time, but that stint didn't turn out to be memorable. But this is one role which could best suit this mastermind of the game, who has been desperate to contribute to the development of Indian cricket in the last few years.

What will he bring to the table? Being a captain once upon a time, he knows how the negotiations happen between captains and selectors and despite the problems he has had in the past with Virat Kohli, this role could do some good to their relationship as well. Kumble has always had a keen eye on youngsters and will push some of them into the top-level, giving them the right kind of exposure.

3. Pravin Amre

Talk about spotting talents and nourishing them to become a great cricketer, Pravin Amre's contribution to Indian cricket has been pretty underrated. The former Indian cricketer, who played 37 ODIs and 11 Tests for the country, was a technically sound batsman and despite not getting a lot of chances to play for the Indian team, he made his presence felt as a coach in the coming years.

He was the U19 Indian team coach when they won the World Cup in 2012 and has been associated with great talents of Indian cricket like Ajinkya Rahane and Robin Uthappa, who transformed their batting styles to great effect under his mentorship. His picky-brains adding to Virat's aggressive mentality could result in some good selections, given he dons the role soon.

2. VVS Laxman

One of Indian cricket's all-time greats, VVS Laxman guarded the Indian middle order with a grit like no one else. After calling time on his stupendous career in 2012, Laxman went on to work with the Sunrisers Hyderabad as the mentor from the first season of their existence and ever-since, has done a tremendous job in bringing world-class talents to the club.

Just like Amre, Laxman has a great eye to find the right talents who can fill in the right shoes, at the right times. He never captained the Indian side, but had spent a great deal of time with two of the finest captains in Sourav Ganguly and MS Dhoni. He is also one of the nicest gentlemen in Indian cricket, as many reporters and cricketers keep mentioning, which should boost his chances further.

1. Laxman Sivaramakrishnan

For a variety of reasons, for Indian left-arm spinner, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan's name came into picture out of the blue as the next possible contender for the Indian chief selector's post. Sivaramakrishnan, who represented India from 1983 to 1986, has been one of the best commentators in the last decade or so.

Interestingly, he is also one of the player’s representatives at the ICC's cricket committee and knows a thing or two in carrying out negotiations with the players. Given he does get that position, he might have to quit his job with the broadcasting industry to avoid conflict of interest, a subject that has made a lot of headlines in recent years.

 

 

 

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