Failure in the World Cup, mistakes in the election, then why did Chetan Sharma become the chief selector again?
The board decided to form a new committee after the failure of the World Cup before the expiry of the tenure of the Chetan Sharma-led selection committee.
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Team India’s failure to win two consecutive World Twenty20 titles, failure to reach the final of the Asia Cup, confusion over the fitness of its most important bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and instability in the selection of the team from the captain. All this is not only the report card of Team India, but also the senior selection committee of the Indian cricket team in the last one year. Due to this report card, on 18 November 2022, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Chetan Sharma BCCI has returned to it exactly 50 days after it was decided to prematurely end the tenure of the presided over selection committee.
BCCI announced the new selection committee consisting of 5 members on Saturday, January 7. After this announcement on 18 November, the BCCI took 50 days to announce the new committee, but when the announcement was made, there were not many surprises as the same person removed by the board returned to the board’s top post. The selection committee.. the year that started with hope for change is back at it.
Bad performance, still selected
4 out of 5 members of BCCI’s new selection committee are new, but Chetan Sharma managed to save his place. Only Chetan Sharma and Harvinder Singh reapplied from the previous committee, but the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) deemed only Chetan Sharma eligible for re-selection. In such a situation, the question arises, why was the person removed for lack of good performance re-selected? Not only was he selected, he was again made the Chief Selector.
Now what is the real reason, only BCCI, Chetan Sharma and CACE can say, but if we guess the biggest reason is consistency, which the board wants to maintain.
So got a second chance?
Chetan Sharma was the chief selector of the Indian cricket team for the last two years. He was made chief selector in December 2020. Since then, Team India has undergone many major changes and all these changes were made under the supervision of Chetan Sharma. From the change of captain to the entry of young players into the team, everything has been under the leadership of Chetan Sharma. Apart from this, according to the rules, Sharma had 2 more years left in his tenure. In such circumstances, perhaps the CAC and the Board thought it best to give them more time to fully implement their plans.
Signs found on January 1
The BCCI meeting held on January 1 is enough to understand this. Captain Rohit Sharma, coach Rahul Dravid and National Cricket Academy chief VVS Laxman were present by the BCCI to review Team India’s poor performance last year and prepare a roadmap for the new year, particularly the ODI World Cup. Chetan Sharma was also present in this meeting as the Chief Selector and it was hinted that Chetan Sharma will return to the Selection Committee from here.
Now it is just waiting to see what kind of changes Chetan Sharma brings to Team India with his new teammates and how much it will affect the team’s performance, which will ultimately prove to be the measure of Chetan Sharma’s performance.