After much speculation and deliberation, the Indian board has unveiled their revamped five-man national selection committee. Here we take a look at the five most important men in the BCCI.
Sandeep Patil(West Zone)
Patil, 56, was a dashing middle-order batsman from Mumbai who played 29 Tests and 45 ODIs for India. After retiring from the game he coached India, India A, Kenya and Oman, as well as Mumbai Champs in the defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL), and served as the director of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore.
A look at the five-man selection panel appointed by the BCCI on Thursday.
Roger Binny (South Zone)
Binny, a former India fast bowler, previously coached India and Bengal and has held various roles within the Karnataka State Cricket Association as well as working with the Asian Cricket Council in Kuala Lumpur as development officer. He was coach of the Under-19 World Cup winning team in 1999. As a player, the 57-year-old was a member of the World Cup winning 1983 team, taking a record 18 wickets in the tournament in England.
Vikram Rathour(North Zone)
Rathour's international cricket was limited to just six Tests and seven ODIs, but on the domestic circuit he was a formidable name. In a first-class career spanning from 1988-2003, Rathore scored 11,473 runs with 33 centuries and 49 fifties. He captained both Punjab and Himachal Pradesh at the first-class level, leading his home state to the Ranji Trophy title in 1992-93.Rathour quit cricket at the relatively young age of 34 and coached Punjab as well as the Mohali-based IPL franchise, Kings XI Punjab. He was also a member of the North Zone selection panel.
Saba Karim(East Zone)
Karim, the former India and Bengal wicketkeeper, takes over from Raja Venkat as the East Zone selector. He played 34 ODIs and one Test before an eye injury cut short his career, and has no experience in selection. Settled in Noida, Karim recently opened a coaching academy.
Rajinder Hans(Central Zone)
Hans, 59, is a former domestic cricketer who played for Uttar Pradesh from 1976-1987. A left-arm spinner, he took 340 first-class wickets at an average of 22.13.