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'Sehwag Will Apply For Chief Selector's Job But Pay...,' BCCI Official On Salary Revelation

image-lj6loyq5Virender Sehwag [Source: Twitter]

For the past few years, the Board of Control for India (BCCI) has been working with a four-member India senior men selection committee. The current interim chairperson Shiv Sunder Das was appointed after Chetan Sharma got involved in a sting operation and gave up the role. 

Several big names have eyed the chief selector's position, but with recent appointments being lacking, everyone thinks that the role is not "taken seriously". Indian cricket in the past have had high-profile appointees as chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar and Krishnamachari Srikkanth, who took Team India to greater heights.

However, the pay for the position and pressure is considerably low, with the head earning INR 1 crore per annum, while other members make INR 90 lakh per annum. 

Now speaking to PTI, an undisclosed BCCI official revealed that less pay is also a factor for big names to stay away from the job. The official further name-dropped former India cricketer Virender Sehwag into the conversation, stating that the opener was asked to coach India during CoA's time.

Here's what BCCI official said

"During CoA's time, Viru (Sehwag) was asked to apply for head coach's job and then it went to Anil Kumble. It is unlikely he will apply himself and also the pay package isn't something that will be financially viable for someone of his stature. But if we talk about stature, only he makes the cut from North Zone."

"It is not that BCCI can't pay a chairman of selectors at least ₹4-5 crore. It can actually solve a lot of these conflict of interest issues which prevent prominent players from even thinking of coming into selection committee."

The report also suggested that lack of authority makes it difficult for chief selection to stand their ground against the likes of Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli or Rahul Dravid.