Outgoing chairman of India’s senior selection committee, MSK Prasad acknowledged that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will do whatever it deems fit with regards to the extension of his tenure.
MSK Prasad, speaking to indiatoday.in, said he does not regret the end of his tenure as the selection committee chairman with just 1 year to go for T20 World Cup in Australia.
Prasad’s comments come after BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said there will be no extension of tenures to all 5 members of the senior selection committee.
Prasad, the former India wicketkeeper-batsman was appointed the chairman of the 5-member committee in 2016. Gagan Khoda, Devang Gandhi, Jatin Paranjpe and Sarandeep Singh worked with Prasad over the last 3 years.
Prasad said he and his colleagues in the senior selection committee performed to the best of their abilities in whatever time they had.
Prasad added he is happy that the outgoing committee is bowing out after having worked successfully in creating a strong bench strength for the Virat Kohli-led senior team in the lead up to next year’s T20 World Cup.
“That [extension of tenures] is not up to me to talk. BCCI will do whatever it deems fit. Whatever the policy is, the BCCI has to follow,” MSK Prasad told indiatoday.in.
“I don’t think so (regret ending tenure just a year before T20 World Cup). For everything, there is a time factor. Whatever time that you have, you should look to give your best. We have done it, I think.
“We have left enough bench strength. If the team can get the combinations right, I am sure India will win the T20 World Cup next year.”
Ganguly’s confirmation about the expiry of tenures means that the BCCI has taken into account its old constitution according to which selectors can hold their posts for a maximum of 4 years. Prasad was part of the previous panel led by Sandeep Patil as South Zone representative from 2015.
Triangular effort in helping improve bench strength: Prasad
Meanwhile, MSK Prasad took pride in the emergence of a well-rounded Indian pace attack during his tenure as the chief selector.
Prasad said he was clear about the roadmap of Indian cricket the day he took over as the chairman of the selection committee. The former wicketkeeper-batsman said his committee was able to establish a triangular set up — which included the senior team’s management and the India A team management — that worked towards improving India’s fast bowling reserves.
From struggling to test oppositions in overseas conditions to demolishing visiting teams with pace at home, India’s fast bowling unit has certainly peaked over the last 2 years. India have been able to manage the fast bowler’s workload well thanks to the envious bench strength of the Asian giants.
“The pace battery is the biggest plus point over the last 3 years. Definitely, no doubt that we have the best fast bowling unit at the moment,” Prasad said.
“See, we were clear about the away series that were scheduled beforehand. It was a combined effort of both the senior and the India A team management along with the selection committee. We had a very, very clear roadmap.
“We understood the needs and requirements of the team for different series. Those requirements propelled our plans. That’s when we had to unearth quite a few young pacers. We groomed them through India A process. Today we a healthy fast bowling attack. Even the bench strength is very good.
“Also, we had a healthy relationship with the India A team management headed by Rahul Dravid. We also share a lot of information. From there we took it to the senior team management.
“It’s a triangular effort.”