Anil Kumble should be chairman of selectors but BCCI needs to raise pay: Virender Sehwag

Former skipper Anil Kumble’s ability to boost the confidence of the players makes him an ideal candidate for the role of chairman of selectors, said Virender Sehwag, who also advocated a hike in remuneration for the job. Never to mince his words, former opener Sehwag said BCCI needs to pay more for heading the selectors’ committee.The current selection panel, led by MSK Prasad, has faced a lot of flak for it being a lightweight with a cumulative experience of 13 Tests. “I think Anil Kumble could be the right candidate for the chairman of selectors post. He is someone who has interacted with Sachin (Tendulkar), Sourav (Ganguly) and Rahul (Dravid) as a player and with youngsters as a coach,” Sehwag told reporters during launch of a new app ‘The Selector’. “When I made a comeback (Australia series 2007-08), captain Kumble came to my room and said you will not be dropped for the next two series. That’s the kind of confidence a player needs,” said Sehwag. However, Sehwag also said that he doesn’t think that Kumble will agree to do the job right now since the chairman gets Rs 1 crore per annum. “BCCI needs to raise bar as far as pay is concerned. Then a lot of players will be interested,” said Sehwag.

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