ThePTIcanconfirmthattheCricketAdvisoryCommittee(CAC),comprisingMadanLal(head),RudraPratapSinghandSulakshanaNaik,hasn’tyetreceivedanyintimationfromtheBoardregardingtheconductofinterviewsforthethreesoon-to-bevacantposts.

“Yes,theCAChasn’tbeensentanyintimationasofnow.Obviously,theCOVID-19lockdownhasputallplansindisarrayandnow,thefocusisonIPL.Alsothereisnodomesticcricketbeingheldatthemoment,”aseniorBCCIofficialtoldPTIonconditionsofanonymity.

ThereisaschoolofthoughtwithintheBCCIthatatthispointintime,withtheIPLstarting,itisbetterthatthethreeoutgoingpanelmembersremainatleasttilltheIndiansquadfortheAustraliatourisannounced.

TheteamwillannouncedbetweenthesecondandthirdweekofOctober.

“Ifyoulook,MSKPrasadandGaganKhodawerereplacedinMarch,2020andnotSeptember,2019.ThereisabsolutelynoharmifDevang,JatinandSarandeephelpoutSunilandHarvinderforAustraliaseriesandmaybetheEnglandseries.

“Theyhavecovereddomesticcricketextensivelyandtheyhaveafairideaaboutbenchstrength,”thesourceadded.

TheSupremeCourthearingontheBCCIpetitionforcooling-offperiodwaiverforpresidentSouravGangulyandsecretaryJayShahisanotherfactor.

TheannouncementofnewselectorsconventionallyhappensduringtheAGMastheselectionpanelisasub-committeeoftheBCCI.

23-25memberplayingsquadforAustraliatour

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Keepingthehealthsafetyconcernsandsecurityinmind,theBCCIislikelytosendanextendedplayingsquadtoAustraliawhosestrengthwillbeanythingbetween23to25.

“Itisonlylogicalthatatleast23to25playersarecarriedjustlikePakistanandWestIndiesdidinEngland.

“ThereisnoneedtocallnetbowlersfromoutsideandiftheplayersfromIndiaAsquadalsogoes,itwouldhelpusinhavingaproperfour-dayfirst-classmatchsimulationinbio-bubble,”aBCCIofficial,privytothedevelopment,toldPTI.

Thereisapossibilitythatthesupportstaff,ledbyheadcoachRaviShastri,aswellastheplayerswhowon’tbepartofIPLplay-offs,willreachAustraliadirectlybytheendofOctoberorthefirstweekofNovember,withtheothersjoiningthebubbleafterfinishingtheirIPLengagements.