According to a report by the Indian Express, the BCCI is set to appoint a new CAC whose members will be honorary instead of being paid.
Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman currently serve in paid positions of the CAC and they will be allowed to continue in their roles once they have adhered to BCCI’s conflict of interest rules.
At present, Ganguly serves as the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and he would need to step down from that role if he intends to continue as a member of the CAC. Similarly, Laxman serves as a mentor to IPL outfit Sunrisers Hyderabad and he would need to resign from that role in order to continue in the CAC.
In Tendulkar’s case, the maestro will need to recuse himself from the CAC as long as his son Arjun remains in contention for India’s U19 squad.
The CAC currently recommends names for the various selection panels along with coaches for the India men’s and women’s teams. The new CAC body is likely to be elected during BCCI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).
In its final order on the Lodha Panel recommendations for the functioning of the BCCI on Thursday, the Supreme Court of India stated that the CAC will continue to recommend names for the various selections panels in consultation with the CoA (Committee of Administrators).
“Until the elections to the BCCI take place, the CoA is empowered to consult with the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising reputed former international cricketers and to constitute a committee of selectors,” the order had stated.
“The Men’s Selection Committee shall consist of five persons to be appointed by a Cricket Advisory Committee comprising of reputed former international cricketers identified by the BCCI at the Annual General Meeting.”
While the Test series against England might not be going according to plan for India, the visitors are set to be handed a boost for the third Test as pacer Jasprit Bumrah gets ready to return from his injury layoff.
The 24-year-old fast bowler has been out of action for some time now due to a thumb injury he sustained in the second T20 against Ireland in Dublin earlier this summer. After being ruled out of the limited-overs clashes against England, Bumrah was named in the squad for the first three Tests as he continued to nurse his thumb injury.
The pacer expectedly did not feature in the first Test and missed out on the second at Lord’s too despite being ‘bowling fit’ according to the team management.
Now, the Mumbai man is expected to feature in the third Test at Trent Bridge which gets underway on August 18.
20-year-old Pant had a stupendous IPL campaign for Delhi Daredevils before some impressive showings for India ‘A’ in their recent tour of England. Following the injury to Wriddhiman Saha, Pant was given a maiden Test call-up to the India Test squad for the first three Tests as back up to Karthik.
With Karthik’s continued failure to perform with the bat so far on the tour, Pant could now be set to make his Test debut for India at Trent Bridge.
Sri Lanka‘s batting great Kumar Sangakkara clarified he has no intention of entering politics after local media reported he was eyeing next year’s Presidential elections.
Sangakkara’s made the statement after media compared him to former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan who is set to take oath as his country’s next Prime Minister on Saturday.
“I would like to put to rest speculation and rumour once and for all, confirming that I do not harbour any ambitions for political office,” the 40-year-old Sangakkara said in a statement.
“I never have, and, with enormous certainty, I can say I never will.”
Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition and the main opposition are yet to name their candidates for next year’s election.
Many cricket legends in the country have moved into politics. World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga is a minister in the current government, while former captain Sanath Jayasuriya became a deputy minister after he retired from the game.