India news July 16, 2012

More granted amnesty, changes to domestic cricket approved

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kiran More, the former India wicketkeeper, has been granted amnesty by the BCCI for being part of the unrecognised and now defunct Indian Cricket League. The BCCI announced its decision on More - which makes him eligible for the board's one-time benefit to former cricketers - after its working committee meeting on Monday, when it also ratified the recommendations made by the technical committee last month to change the structure of domestic cricket in the country.

More, who played 49 Tests and 94 ODIs for India, is now eligible for one-time payment of Rs. 60 lakh ($108,000) from the board, which distributed revenues from the knockout games of the IPL among former cricketers.

The changes to the structure of domestic cricket came via the technical committee that was headed by Sourav Ganguly and included Anil Kumble as a special invitee.

The changes include: Shuffling the domestic cricket calendar to start the season with the Duleep Trophy; Twenty-seven Ranji teams to be divided into three groups (A, B and C) of nine each; each team to play a minimum of eight Ranji games; knockout games to be five-day fixtures; outright wins worth six points instead of five; bowlers permitted to bowl two bouncers an over and one bowler to be permitted to bowl 12 overs in limited-overs games.

The working committee also decided that the top three teams from Groups A and B, and the top two from C, will qualify for the Ranji quarter-finals.

The working committee also approved the proposal to include the winner of the limited-overs Vijay Hazare Trophy in the three-team NKP Salve Challenger Trophy. The other two teams will be picked by the senior selection committee. In addition, it the Under-22 inter-state tournaments were done away with, making way for A team tournaments between states with players under the age of 25 eligible to participate.

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  • pankaj on July 17, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    I just feel sorry for the egoistic BCCI for missing out on Kapil's involvement in Indian cricket. At the time Indian cricket was starving of success and BCCI didn't really have a name on international cricket scene, a certain Kapil Dev was plotting to put India on the cricket map. I was fortunate enough to watch Kapil at Lords lift the world cup in 83. Well done Kapil..!! Just don't lower your head for a few peanuts BCCI are offering. Stay proud Kapil because most of the Indian public is extremely proud of you.

  • N. on July 17, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    N. Sundararajan from Chennai Kapil Dev was the first cricketer in several decades to bring honours to India---not just by the World Cup 1983 (teamwork anyway)--but by being amongst the greatest all-rounders in the world. Phenomenal fitness (continuous 125 Tests--but for Gavaskar's revengeful dropping for one Test )---and for being the pioneer for the IPL ( by forming the ICL),and for the Mohali world-class stadium. . It is sad that administrators--- many of whom except the likes of Ganguly and Kumble--had not played top-grade cricket would decide on Kapil Dev's benefits based on personal prejudices and exposure of their incompetence and selfishness. Let BCCI make amends by apologising to Kapil Dev for having been unfair to him, and then use his experience and sincerity to improve the game for India. There will not be one Kapil Dev in several generations for India ! God bless him !

  • Masud on July 17, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Kapil is the second best player for India just after Tendulker. He well deserve the honor by BCCI. BCCI should apologies him for NOT to honor him appropriately.

  • Siva on July 17, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    It is sad, sometimes we do not respect our heroes. Kapil Dev is our hero with a lot of self respect and courage. It will be an honor to BCCI to recognize Kapil's services to Indian Cricket and gives the due respect he deserves.

  • Reddy on July 17, 2012, 2:43 GMT

    In my view, Kapil Dev is the greatest ever cricketer that India ever produced. I have respect for Kumble and Ganguly. But they need to take initiation to treat him well again.

  • Joseph on July 17, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    It's good that the BCCI is reaching oiut to Ex Cricketers with whom they have run out favour. It's high trime really that Kapil dev was also duly given his recognition and granted the same benifits as his counterparts. In fact it's Kapil's idea that was finally hijacked and the IPL became what it is today . For once the rules and regulations should be forgotten as we must give credit to Kapil as he is the one who actually set in a new trend in Indian Cricket especially the One Dayers .

  • Good on July 17, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    Yes Kapil Dev needs to be honored!!.

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    It's nice to see that Ganguly and Kumble are playing an active role in Indian cricket Development. With their combined experience, they can bring a lot to the table for developing domestic Indian cricket.

  • Naresh on July 16, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Thats good but what about Kapil Dev. He only tried to create a new league and enhance cricket.

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