Former India pacer and and cricket veteran, Venkatesh Prasad, on Friday signed his resignation from the post of the chairman of the BCCI junior selection committee, which was instrumental in the shaping of the India U19 team, which had recently won the ICC U19 World Cup less than a month ago.
Venkatesh Prasad had been working as the apex of the BCCI junior national selection committee for around a period of 30 months, but was reported of late to be having troubled relationships with the BCCI’s high-ranking officials.
As reported by the Deccan Chronicle, it has been learnt that Venkatesh Prasad cited personal reasons for stepping down from the revered position, and maintained that there was nothing even close to a ‘conflict of interest’ between the parties.
Venkatesh Prasad could join an IPL 2018 franchise
A senior BCCI official told PTI, “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.”
When the acting president of the BCCI, CK Khanna, was asked about Venkatesh Prasad’s resignation, he 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.”
Venkatesh Prasad was being backed in 2016 for the post of chairman for the senior selection committee, but BCCI had decided to keep the 48-year-old Team India veteran in the junior panel.
Did BCCI suffer a heavy loss by losing Prasad?
It is interesting to note, that Venkatesh Prasad is only one of the six national selectors (3 juniors and 3 seniors) who have played more international cricket matches (33 Tests and 161 ODIs) than all the senior selectors put together.
Another important factor that could give insights into the timing and nature of Venkatesh Prasad’s resignation as the chairman of the junior national selection committee, is the fact, that while the selection panels of the senior men’s and women’s team were handsomely rewarded by the BCCI even after losing the Champions Trophy and World Cup respectively, the junior selection committee was not given any cash reward after the India U19 won the World Cup recently.