Venkatesh Prasad, Indian veteran cricketer submitted his resignation for the post of the head selector of the junior selection committee. He mentioned personal reasons as the intention behind his decision.
He served in this position for 30 months. The committee members are startled by his decision as it has been nearly a month the U-19 team lifted the world cup. This former pacer has points of contention with some of the senior members of the committee.
One of the anonymous BCCI officials told to media about the resignation of this pacer that “It’s still not clear but there are chances that he might be joining any IPL franchise and that’s why he wanted to avoid a potential conflict of interest,”
Speaking about this, the Acting president of Junior selection committee CK Khanna said: “I tried to convince him but it seems he has made up his mind. He has been one of the finest talent spotters and deserves due credit in selecting a world champion junior team.”
A fascinating point about this is that Prasad has the longest international experience than any other senior members of the committee. The committee includes three seniors and three juniors. Prasad played 161 ODIs and 33 Test matches in his international career.
Reportedly, Prasad is at the point of contention that the committee did not announce any cash rewards for the selectors of U-19 Selection committee, the pillars behind the title win. On the other hand, the senior men’s and women’s selection committee members were felicitated with huge rewards though the teams lost Champions trophy and the world cup respectively.
Most of the senior selectors frowned at comments of COA member Diana Edulji, “selectors were rewarded for selecting good team”, even though both the teams lost the title games.
Most of the sources believe that Prasad has clashed with some of the senior BCCI office bearers and that stopped the announcement of cash rewards for the U-19 selection committee.