Former India selector Raja Venkat's revelations about what transpired in committee meetings to a Bengali tabloid has triggered sharp criticism in the BCCI, especially among his former colleagues and secretaries who have been part of those decision making process.
There is ambiguity around the confidentiality clause that prohibits selectors from disclosing discussions during meetings to outsiders as it is binding only to the current group. Once the term ends, there are no restrictions.
"It was part of our contract not to disclose the selection matters publicly with at least five years cooling off period post a term. But there is an unwritten rule, it's an ethics issue not to bring selection matters into public domain," said Ranjib Biswal, a former selector.
"It leaves a bad taste. It creates unnecessary disharmony in the dressing room once you make it known who backed who in selection meetings. If there is any opposition in the meetings then you protest within. Revealing things only damages the interest of Indian cricket," said Kiran More, former chairman of selectors.
The man at the centre of the revelation made by Raja Venkat is former BCCI president N Srinivasan, who according to the disclosure put his foot down to subvert the selection committee's decision to appoint Virat Kohli as ODI captain over MS Dhoni in 2011.
"Raja Venkat's disclosure is bereft of cricketing logic. When the selection was done for the tri-series in Australia after India lost the first Test, the selection committee's call for Dhoni's head was illogical and that too when India were the reigning world champions in ODIs. In just six months, after winning the World Cup, they were thinking of removing Dhoni and that too replace him with Kohli in ODIs," said a source close to Srinivasan, explaining his stand on the matter.
BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur though felt the issue of confidentiality should be maintained as the absence of a strong prohibitive clause may encourage many such contents of the selection meetings finding space in the public domain.