New Delhi:In a sweeping change in the appointment of national selectors, the Cricket Board has decided to empower its president to have a final say in choosing the panel of selectors.
The Board, in its recent Working Committe meeting in Mumbai, has decided to retain the five-member selection committee but, according to top sources, it will no longer be mandatory for the BCCI President to accept the nominees put up by the respective zones at the Annual General Meeting.
"The age old system of the zonal representatives holding meetings on the eve of the Board's AGM to decide the name of selector from their respective zones has been done away with. From the coming AGM, the final decision on the appointment of national selectors will wrest with the BCCI President," a top source said.
"The zonal representatives have the liberty to suggest names but the President of the Board has the authority to accept or veto their decisions since the selectors become employees of the Board," the source said.
This was done to make national senior and junior selectors more accountable in the selection of players that should reflect the positive results as India is co-hosting the 2011 World Cup.
Hitherto, a member of the zone usually proposes a name and it is seconded by another member from the zone to become a selector. "From this year, the selectors (for senior and junior men and women) will not be elected at the AGM but they will be appointees of the Board. This will make them more accountable in the selection process," the source said.
Sources also confirmed that the final of 2011 World Cup has been proposed to be held outside India and the four boards have agreed Pakistan as the venue for the summit match.