There is drama ahead of the India cricket team selection for the one-off Test match against Bangladesh cricket team in New Delhi today. Catch live updates here.
5:53 pm IST: The BCCI CEO Rahul Johri is chairing the selection committee meeting.
5:52 pm IST: Bangladesh have toured India four times — 1990, 1998, 2006 and 2016. However, they have never played a Test match in India.
5:48 pm IST: The selection commitee is headed by former India wicket-keeper MSK Prasad.
5:24 pm IST: When the T20 and ODI squad was selected for the England series, Amitabh Chaudhary was also barred from attending the selection committee meeting by the Lodha committee. As per reforms suggested by the Lodha panel, Amitabh Chaudhary does not qualify to be a BCCI official due to tenure cap.
Amitabh Chaudhary of Jharkhand has been functioning as BCCI joint secretary until Monday’s Supreme Court order on formation of a four-member administrative panel under ex-CAG Vinod Rai (BCCI)
5:22 pm IST: Interestingly, Amitabh Chaudhary is one of the three officials chosen by the Supreme Court to represent BCCI in the ICC meeting in Dubai next month.
5:12 pm IST: The new BCCI bosses met in Mumbai earlier today. Vinod Rai, ex-CAG, is heading a four-member panel of administrators.
BCCI administrative committee led by Vinod Rai met in Mumbai earlier today pic.twitter.com/hIjxE9Dg2V— ANI (@ANI_news) January 31, 2017
5 pm IST: The BCCI selection committee meeting for the one off Test against Bangladesh was delayed by four hours after joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary was found ineligible to convene the meeting.
The meeting was supposed to be held at 12 noon but was delayed by four hours as Chaudhary, who was present at the five star facility, was not allowed as per chief of Committee of Administrators Vinod Rai’s instruction.
4:45 pm IST: It was around 12 noon Chaudhary was told that he has to wait as he is not eligible to attend the meeting. It was Rahul Johri, the CEO who convened the meeting by video conferencing.
“Amitabh Chaudhary had called a senior selection committee meeting in Delhi today to select the squad against Bangladesh. Vinod Rai and Co have immediately swung in and barred him from doing anything. The CEO is directly convening the meeting via video conference from Mumbai,” a BCCI source, who was witness to every incident here.
4:30 pm IST: All was not well was understood when BCCI mandarins broke for lunch with one of the selectors Sarandeep Singh was not even around.
3 pm IST: Some of the waiting media members were told that meeting will start at 3 pm but then around 3:30 pm Sarandeep was seen entering the hotel and looked clueless about when the meeting will start.
Today’s incident proved that Chaudhary probably is not authorised to function as joint secretary and will go to Dubai as BCCI representative only as he has a thorough background knowledge that investment banker Vikram Limaye will be needing for future meetings.
(With PTI inputs)