India news March 4, 2013

Conclave to reflect on changes to domestic cricket

The coaches and captains of all the 27 domestic teams affiliated to the BCCI will participate in a conclave at a five-star hotel in Mumbai on Tuesday. Though the conclave has become an annual fixture for the last half a dozen seasons, it will be the first time all the participating teams will give their feedback to the major changes that were introduced for the 2012-13 season.

Some of the major changes included converting the Ranji Trophy to a tournament comprising three groups of nine teams each from a two-tier format and introducing an additional point for an outright victory. In the 50-over format, the changes involved allowing a bowler to bowl up to two bouncers an over and one bowler bowl a maximum of 12 overs. Plus, the Under-22 domestic championship was replaced by an Under-25 tournament. The changes were introduced after a three-member committee comprising former India captains Sourav Ganguly and Anil Kumble, and Sanjay Jagdale, consulted with the BCCI's technical committee. The proposals were then ratified by the BCCI's working committee.

Kumble, who has since replaced Ganguly as the technical committee chairman, will be in attendance at the conclave as a 'special invitee' along with the head of the ground and pitches committee Daljit Singh. The latter's presence will be important in the wake of the BCCI issuing a directive to the curators across the country to prepare sporting pitches ahead of the Ranji Trophy after expanding the committee's strength from five to 12.

Some of the captains and coaches will raise the issue of how instruction seems to have been misinterpreted and misused. "Agreed that there have hardly been any under-prepared tracks this season, [but] the result has been too many flat beds. Have we ever seen five triple-centuries in a season in the history of Ranji Trophy?" said a captain of a state team, citing anonymity.

While the Ranji Trophy points system is again going to be discussed, a few representatives will also demand the knock-out games be played at neutral venues. "That could be the only option in avoiding such crucial ties to be decided on the basis of the first innings," another captain said. In the recently-concluded first-class season, four of the seven knock-out ties - three quarter-finals and a semi-final - were decided on the basis of a first-innings lead.

Some of the teams have also been unhappy with the conversion of the CK Nayudu Trophy from an Under-22 tournament to an Under-25 competition. It remains to be seen if Kumble agrees with them on the contentious issues.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Srikanth on March 5, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    The change that is to be implemented for the further seasons of Indian Domestic Cricket : 1) Matches should not be decided on first innings lead. 2) Improve the quality of pitches used for all the matches. Pitches should be of the type which was used in India - Srilanka Test, Brabourne Stadium in 2009 or India NZ Test match, Bangalore 2012. Both pitches had good bounce and carry for the pacers and turn and bounce for the spinners.

  • Deepak on March 5, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    Reduce the number of teams to 20. Hyderabad+Andhra, Maharashtra+Vidarbha, Assam+Tripura, Kerala+Goa, J&K+Himachal, Gujarat+Saurashtra, Services+Railways. The competition will be more intense and the level of cricket will be much better. I also feel Duleep Trophy should be played in round-robin format instead of plain knockouts.

  • Krishna on March 5, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Whatever may be the number of teams, BCCI must adopt the ranking system for all Indian players and top players from each discipline will pick themselves to the national and A teams...this will remove all biases and subjectivity in selection and only those players in form will make it to the team and no past reputations should help...also BCCI should make the A team to travel along with the national team and play with the A team of the host country thereby you will not run short of players due to injury...

  • Deepak on March 5, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    @SK5983: i dont agree... it doesn not make sense to have less teams.... reduce it to 19-20.. few states have 2-3 teams combine them to make one.... Also Dhoni would not have made it to Indian team with ur system...

  • Deepak on March 5, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    State of Maharastra has 3 teams (Mumbai, Maharastra and Vidharbha) make it two teams with Goa into one (combine maharastra, vidharbha and Goa) mumbai a separate team.... Gujart state has 3 make it one(Guj, Saurastra and Baroda) Combine Assam, Tripura.. Combine Andra and Hyderbad Combine J&K, Himachal and Haryana... so ideally 14 teams are shortend to 6 teams.... we will have a competetive Ranji trophy...

  • Aditya on March 4, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Please reduce the number of teams to 18 for a start and create and healthy competition. Also create slightly helpful pitches to sort out the really good batsmen from other average players. Otherwise any Tom Dick and Harry is scoring a hundred.

  • Turan on March 4, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Lower the numbers of team so theres more competition for places and then they should make a mixture of tracks Mostly turners ( batsmen can play spin bettter) flatter wickets (Spinners learn to spin the ball) and green tops (batsmen against pace)

  • Abinash on March 4, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    i think more should be done to raise the level of Ranji is to decrease the no. of team to 20 so that selectors could look upon best available talent and put it into these 20 teams which would raise the bar of the tournament and there would be stiffer competition.players would be challenged and fans would like to be eager for upcoming talent this tournament gives.