Bengaluru: Sourav Ganguly, the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has made it clear about the criteria for choosing the new chairman of the senior selection panel with MSK Prasad’s tenure coming to an end.

The BCCI had invited applications from candidates to fill two posts in the selection committee. Prasad and Gagan Khoda will be replaced.

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According to reports, former India cricketers Venkatesh Prasad, Nayan Mongia, Chetan Chauhan, Ajit Agarkar, Abey Kuruvilla, Nikhil Chopra, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, and Rajesh Chouhan have applied.

When Ganguly was asked about the selection procedure he said the chairman would the one who has played more Tests. This makes former India wicketkeeper-batsman Mongia the frontrunner. “It will be the one with the most Tests,” Ganguly told Hindustan Times.

Mongia has played 44 Tests. He is the most capped Test player among those who have applied for the selectors’ posts. The next senior is Chauhan (40) followed by Venkatesh (33).

The BCCI has already appointed a three-member Cricket Advisory Committee comprising Madan Lal, RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik. The CAC will interview the candidates.

This what BCCI had said in its criteria for selectors’ posts

“Senior Men

• Should have played 7 Test matches OR

• 30 first-class matches OR

• 10 ODIs and 20 first-class matches

• Should have retired from the game at least 5 years ago”.