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'Changes will make domestic cricket more competitive'

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June 12, 2012

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Anil Kumble and Sourav Ganguly look contemplative, Mohali, October 16, 2008
Former captains Anil Kumble and Sourav Ganguly have suggested structural changes to domestic cricket © AFP

Former India captain Anil Kumble, who was a special invitee to the BCCI technical committee meeting out of which several significant changes to the Indian domestic structure emerged, has said that the rearrangement of 27 Ranji teams into three groups would improve the competition between the teams.

"Besides giving each team an equal number of matches home and away, this format brings in more competition as teams will have an equal chance of making it to the top two of their respective groups," Kumble said in an interview on the BCCI's website.

"We believe the home and away format gives that incentive for the state associations to organise four home matches in the centres they want. As the president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, it gives me the opportunity to take the game outside of Bangalore and develop it in the smaller centres."

The technical committee meeting, headed by former India captain Sourav Ganguly, also recommended changes to the points system, with six points for an outright win as against five previously. Kumble said that the reasoning for the suggestion was to encourage teams to earn an extra point - and three more than they would for just gaining the first-innings' lead - by going for an outright win.

One of the key recommendations made by committee was to allow the team to bowl one player for 12 overs in limited-overs games, a decision based on a suggestion from Kumble.

"Yes, I suggested to the technical committee that one bowler should be allowed to bowl 12 overs in a 50-over game. It will affect the way they plan and analyse, and will make an impact on the batting team, be it while chasing targets or setting them up."

Kumble mentioned that the topic of uncovered pitches, to aid fast bowlers in domestic matches, was also discussed but wasn't accepted. "The simple reason was that the Ranji Trophy is played during winter in India, and the weather will intervene in some of the centres in the north, east and central zones. It would not be feasible to play on uncovered pitches as there are chances we won't even get a proper match."

However, to ensure a better quality of pitches for all domestic matches, the cricket pitches committee will now comprise ten members - instead of the present five - to ensure the committee is more effective.

Kumble also said that discussions with cricketers and coaches were important before arriving at the recommendations, and that he is hopeful that the changes would benefit Indian cricket.

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Posted by OnlyKaps on (June 14, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

Nice improvements Kumble bhai. I liked Aakash's suggestions for increasing incentives for outright wins. Wrt to the sharing of overs, however I think allowing the 4 bowlers to share the overs may not serve the purpose of building allrounders ( batsmen who can bowl) and these are required in the International level. So I think allowing just one bowler 12 overs is good coz it helps the weaker teams so dependent on their star bowler. The Duleep trophy at the start of the season doesnt make sense unless the rest of the calendar is staggered and/or all the zonal sides also get to play at least one match against the visiting sides ( as prep matches or something). however the current fashioni internationally seems to be let the visitors not settle down by starving them of decent practice matches (on top of crowded schedukes doing the same ) . Not a good trend , but at the world level if other countries are denying us a good match and playing non descript Primeminister 11s , why shd we?

Posted by Naresh28 on (June 13, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

Guys like Kumble, Ganguly, Akash Chopra - know cricket thru experience. These are the guys that can aid Indian cricket. Some former Indian greats are not involved directly n BCCI - when they should be. BCCI is reponsible for this. Kapil Dev and Gavaskar come to mind.

Posted by veerakannadiga on (June 13, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

Way to go Anil Kumble. Good things will happen to Indian cricket if cricketers are given a say on the way the game should be run.

Posted by   on (June 13, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

Increasing the over limit to 12 will be a handicap for the bowlers. The number of bowlers will decrease when compared to the batsmen in the team. We want 4 or 5 allrounders in the team not 4 specialist bowlers and 7 batsmen. Because the all time greats are players like Kapil, Border, Sobers etc....

Posted by mehulmatrix on (June 13, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

The changes will help since they have lot of experience. But i think also changes to improve the bowling department in terms of quality, fitness, pace, etc is very much needed. Similarly technique and temperament for batsmen. Many young bowlers come and disappear, and young batsmen have been found out at top level. Changes at fundamental level are more important.

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (June 13, 2012, 5:12 GMT)


Posted by balajik1968 on (June 13, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

They should have pushed on with uncovered wickets. Maybe the pitches would become livelier, but that's what we need. It would produce better players. As it is the IPL is doing enough damage to Indian cricket. Spinners are bowling flatter and not turning the ball. The BCCI should talk to those who coach the young emerging players and take their input, or soon India will be missing good young cricketers.

Posted by serious-am-i on (June 12, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

looks like nice changes hopefully they are maintained and produce better results with in a couple of years. Good work at last BCCI..

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