June 16, 2012

Indian domestic cricket

Why not the Duleep for India's age-group cricketers?

Nikita Bastian

The Hindu's G Viswanath says the Duleep Trophy could be made more relevant if it featured young India hopefuls. He also comments on the other structural changes to domestic cricket recommended by the BCCI's technical committee.

The inter-zonal Duleep Trophy - long ago a prestigious selection trial tournament - has been tried out in many formats (knock out, league, jumbled teams with an overseas team from England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe). Batsmen amassed runs, bowlers bagged wickets aplenty in the Ranji Trophy with an objective of impressing the selectors and making it to their zonal teams. They felt extremely proud. But after 51 years, there’s a palpable feeling among the fraternity that the Duleep Trophy is not anymore a big attraction for senior cricketers ... the tournament can be made a meaningful platform exclusively for A teams (under-25 age group) with a rule that each zone must field at least two or three under-19 players.

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