It makes no sense to get committee members, who perhaps don't have the knowledge that Rob has, to be granted some authority in a decision that they could potentially getting wrong.
This is the method currently employed and I think it works well. Everyone is happy Rob knows the best team and I think he is impartial.Agree with this. But obviously I think the Committee should have to ratify a team selected by Rob - as this makes the process clear for now and the future.
However for the future we need a rigorous system hence why every time this comes along the committee should pick this captain who's role it is to pick the team and then ratify his selection. Not ratifying the captain's selection would probably never happen but provides a necessary fall back in case of situations such as disciplinary matters or ineligibility.
I'll setup the vote in the committee forum asking to maintain the status quo, as a few members are away at the moment expect a decision within a week or so.
With regards to guaranteeing attendance I agree that the only way to ensure this is to put down a bond. Exactly how we do this is a matter for discussion (do we expect reserves or people on a shortlist to pay for example, and when should the deadline for payment be?).
DZ is right, we will also be selecting fomr those who choose to make themselves available, this is why I think all those who go on the shortlist should pay in and if they aren't selected get their money back with any interest earned.