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Four-day gap between Ranji matches

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 2, 2013

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Ranji groups for 2013-14

  • Group A Mumbai (defending champions), Punjab (semi-finalists), Gujarat, Delhi, Karnataka (quarter-finalists), Orissa, Haryana, Vidarbha, Jharkhand (promoted from Group C)
  • Group B Saurashtra (runners-up), Services (semi-finalists, promoted from Group C), Uttar Pradesh (quarter-finalists), Railways, Baroda (quarter-finalists), Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan
  • Group C Hyderabad (relegated), Maharashtra (relegated), Andhra, Assam, Kerala, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Tripura

The BCCI has promised a four-day gap between Ranji Trophy league matches from the fourth round onwards in 2013-14. For the last few seasons, players have had to make do with a three-day break between most of the matches. This has been a cause of great discomfort for players: injuries have increased, there is no time to recover from injuries, and fast bowlers in particular have to hold back in order to make it to the next game.

The BCCI has also promised that all Ranji matches will be scheduled on weekends, although it might not be possible for the five remaining matches after the third round, if the four-day gap is to be observed. The full domestic schedule will be announced on July 8.

The Ranji Trophy is set to have a four-day break for Diwali after the first round. Besides, with nine teams in each group, each team gets a week off at some point during the league stage.

The other significant decision made at the BCCI's technical-committee meeting was to leave the choice of the venues for knockout matches to the grounds and pitches committee. Last season's knockout matches were played on a home-away basis. So, if Mumbai had hosted Services in their last encounter, their semi-final now was to be played at Services' home ground, which meant braving the Delhi chill, fog and rain. The sides struggled to finish an innings each in that game. The BCCI's press release didn't say the venues will necessarily be neutral, but it seems to be a departure from deciding the venue based on where the two teams last faced each other.

The Under-25 four-day matches will now start a day after the Ranji games have begun so that the younger players not picked for the senior side can be released to play for their respective U-25 sides. The SG Test ball will also be used for Under-25 games as well.

Among the other changes, all Deodhar Trophy matches, and the knockouts in the Ranji Trophy one-day matches, will be day-night fixtures. There will be no bonus points in the one-day matches. The Women's teams will be divided into Elite and Plate groups for the one-day matches and T20s.

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Posted by   on (July 3, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

BCCI is doing a lot in improving the quality of domestic competitions like Ranji Trophy however the pitch conditions still remain batsmen friendly. Instead they should prepare more sportive pitches which should support both pace bowling and spin bowling. Also the teams always look for First Innings lead, instead they points to be arrived based on each teams performance instead of just a first innings lead. The last but not the least, the Indian team players should be selected based on their domestic performance especially Ranji / Deodhar matches instead of IPL. This way, every emerging player will look forward for these domestic competitions. I am looking forward to see how this season will shape up.

Posted by anshu.s on (July 3, 2013, 10:12 GMT)

Please increase the number of matches in Ranji trophy one-day matches,because currently a team if it does not make it to the knockout stages gets to play only 4 or 5 matches, now compare this with our Indian national team who play an average of 30 ODI's a year, what basis Indian 50 over team is selected on, is on a 4 day format like Ranji or a T-20 tournament like IPL ???

Posted by   on (July 3, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

Odisha in Group A for the season 3013-14

Posted by BowlersWinMatches on (July 2, 2013, 23:57 GMT)

Are all these matches live on tv. I live in uk but i really want to watch ranjhi matches. It would be even better if ranjhi top 2 teams compete with english top 2 teams.Just for a thought!!!!!

Posted by zig1 on (July 2, 2013, 16:30 GMT)

Group A certainly looks very tough with many strong contenders.

Posted by   on (July 2, 2013, 14:48 GMT)

good move by bcci

Posted by   on (July 2, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

please give live coverage of scores of ranaji trophy

Posted by VVSR92 on (July 2, 2013, 14:25 GMT)

great move by th bcci to start the u-25 games a day later so the players rather than serving drinks can atleast have a game in the next competitive level . The same policy should also be followed during an international home test seris if someone like ishanth is fit & raring for a game and dosent find a place in 11 he should be allowed to join his domestic team

Posted by venkatesh018 on (July 2, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

Changes for the better are taking shape at last in the Ranji trophy. Better late than never.

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