India’s most recent group of national selectors, who have a combined experience of 48 Tests and 95 ODIs, will also be expected to perform above their on-paper lightweight position.

That’s not to imply that former players with little or no experience in other countries can’t be effective selections. Trevor Hohns from Australia, Ed Smith from England—both of whom served as panel chairs—and Sanjay Jagdale from India are among those who either produced winning teams or won praise for their overall participation.

However, Indian cricket is distinct in its push and pull. The Chetan Sharma-led selection committee is well-versed in the current cricket crises.

Sharma went through the normal ups and downs of business during his most recent tenure as chairman, which lasted more than two years. Virat Kohli reluctantly handed the captain’s hat over to Rohit Sharma, and Sharma then had to deal with the wrath that followed India’s second dismal T20 World Cup campaign.

Sharma and his group of former selectors—the former India all-rounder was the only member of the last panel to be retained—didn’t do very well despite their familiarity with the NCA-India A-India selection process. With some of the veterans, especially in T20 cricket, losing their edge, the top selector has been entrusted with the responsibility of managing a crucial transition time.

Sharma’s participation in the team management’s most recent meeting for future planning showed that the BCCI officials had faith in him. Watch to see whether his committee’s influence is there in future picks; it was absent during his previous tenure.

Sridharan Sharath, a former batter who was selected as the top candidate from the South Zone, might have a significant role in the team’s success. As head of the junior national selection committee, he had discussions with the previous senior selection panel over the performance route. The squad captained by Yash Dhull that won the U-19 World Cup in the West Indies last year was chosen by his committee.

Shiv Sundar Das, a former Test opener, is the youngest of the five at 45 years old. He has coached the Odisha Ranji squad and worked with Rahul Dravid at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). He also traveled with the Indian women’s team as their batting coach.

Former pace bowler Subroto Banerjee has had coaching stints with many Ranji teams, one as the bowling coach of the 2017 Ranji-winning Vidarbha team, standing out.

The Mumbai Ranji team’s previous head selector was former Mumbai and India bowler Salil Ankola. He had fought his way back to cricket after battling depression and alcoholism and spending days in the wilderness.