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Selectors to be paid, zonal system abolished

BCCI will scrap the zonal representation in the national selection panels and appoint paid selectors, reports Amol Karhadkar.

cricket Updated: Apr 08, 2007 03:25 IST

In what could literally be termed as a revolutionary decision, the BCCI on Saturday decided to scrap the zonal representation in the national selection panels and to appoint paid selectors on a permanent basis.

N. Srinivasan said, “The BCCI will appoint selectors on a full-time basis based on the eligibility criteria which would include players with stature, previous selection experience, etcetera.”

Moreover, they will also be contracted to the BCCI and will be remunerated for the job. “They will be remunerated suitably and appointed for a two-year term,” said Srinivasan, who added that the BCCI constitution would be amended in order to implement the decision.

A senior BCCI functionary later told the Hindustan Times that this change would come into effect after the current selection panel’s tenure ends in September 2008.

“The constitutional changes will be made before this year’s Annual General Meeting to be held in September,” the official said. “And then we will start with the procedure of appointing the selectors.”

Former players and selectors have welcomed the move. “Now that a selector won’t have any zonal pressures, he can do a better job,” former national selector Yashpal Sharma told a television channel.

Permanent media manager to be appointed

Another interesting decision is that the BCCI would appoint a permanent manager for the team for a two-year term, and also a permanent media manager for the same duration.