Ranji Trophy 2012-13 November 16, 2012

Pringle calls for Ranji points revamp

After a batsmen-dominated Ranji Trophy round that had as many as 34 centuries, Meyrick Pringle, the Rajasthan coach, has called for additional points to be awarded for runs scored and wickets taken, irrespective of the match's result.

While some of the changes introduced to the Ranjis this season have come in for praise, including the introduction of three tiers, the points system remains almost untouched. Though the BCCI has introduced an additional point for an outright victory in order to encourage the teams to go for an outright victory, it seems to have had little impact on the teams' attitude as nine of the 12 second-round league games ended in draws.

Pringle, the former South Africa bowler who has been in charge of defending champions Rajasthan this year, wanted the BCCI to follow the example of the English or the South African domestic competitions.

"I just think overall, the format in India should change to what the other countries follow, where you go on first-innings points - batting and bowling," Pringle told ESPNcricinfo on the eve of Rajasthan's match against Madhya Pradesh.

Pringle was appointed as the bowling coach last season but has been the acting head coach since Chandrakant Pandit resigned in September after accepting the position of the national junior selection panel's head just before the start of the season.

"Your first batting point is 100 or 150 and every 50 runs thereafter earn you another point. Once you score 450, you don't get batting points after that," Pringle said. "Same with the bowling, the first, third and fifth and so on. That's the way, I think, it should be played."

While the BCCI has refrained from re-introducing points for runs scored and wickets taken, something that was in place in the late '80s, countries like England and South Africa have successfully implemented it. In England, for instance, a team that scores 200 runs in the first innings gets one point, and for every 50 runs thereafter they earn a point till a maximum of 400 runs. Similarly, at least three wickets in the first innings earn the bowling side a point. And the batting and bowling points are added to the overall points tally irrespective of the result.

In India, on the other hand, the first-innings lead earns a team three points while an outright victory gets them six, unless they win by an innings or 10 wickets, which fetches them seven points. However, the fact that bowling and batting points are missing from the system often tends to allow the teams to settle for a result based on the first innings. Or, as was the case during Maharashtra's Group B game against Uttar Pradesh in Pune last week, the teams are reluctant to even try for the first-innings lead.

Pringle also hoped to see bigger crowds in Ranji matches. Rajasthan have been forced to host their home games at an alternate venue in Jaipur instead of at the city's main cricket venue, the Sawai Man Singh Stadium, primarily due to the political turmoil in the Rajasthan Cricket Association.

"We've won the Ranji Trophy two years in a row and it's a huge achievement for everyone - the RCA, the players and everyone in Rajasthan cricket," Pringle said. "We hope that we can get more spectators and we hope that the RCA sorts out the political side of the SMS Stadium. We would love to play there. We know that every game we play here, we win and we can open the gates of the stadium, we will be able to showcase our talent to the people of Rajasthan more frequently."

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • shiju on November 18, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    i agree, a revamped points system will make these first class games more interesting and competitive.

  • HNL on November 17, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Pringle has said exactly what public want to see, something that brings life into Ranji Trophy matches. Last round's 3 matches where 500+ and more were allowed to be scored, taking unduly long time, should never be allowed to repeat. The pitches got to have enough spice to allow even contest between ball and bat, like team batting first ends with something around 300. Teams batting beyond 100 overs ought to be docked points for trying to be too defensive and not going for an outright result. Why can't we have enough pitches with pace and bounce with some moisture for at least first 2 days in Ranji matches ? Having rank dead pitches is what makes our test players highly overrated at home but make them laughing stock when touring overseas because they have no technique to cope with bouncing and moving ball. There are occasions when even a spinning pitch has doomed them, like what happened in Cape Town a few years ago. Indian team should not be "Tigers only at home."

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    Finally, somebody talks sense. Pringle's suggestions should be taken into account and an elaborate point-based system must be introduced in the near future.

  • A on November 17, 2012, 3:11 GMT

    I've got a better idea...why not make (forcefully, if necessary) the pitches more bowler friendly? For example, the Indian selectors really need to find some more pace bowlers to replace the aging Zaheer...so force curators to make the pitches a bit greener. Or more conducive to spin, whatever. The BCCI aren't shy in throwing their weight around internationally - why not do the same domestically? 9 draws out of 12 matches in a round (and this isn't a one-off occurence either) of your premier first class competition is not good for the future of cricket, in any format...because you still need the technique to consistently make runs in the T20 format. Also encourages the fielding captain to be more inventive with field placings - beyond putting everyone on the fences to stop the onslaught of runs.

  • Anit on November 17, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    BCCI should force Ranji matches to be played on pacy green top as well as traditional turners. This is the only way to groom players for the highest level. With the amount of cricket played in the country and the size of the country, India should be able form dozen top-class teams at any given point. It just needs little of vision and proper execution from BCCI. In any case, Ranji matches the way they are played are not going to be crowd puller. There is no contest when most games don't produce results.

  • Vidyadhar on November 16, 2012, 15:29 GMT


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