'No problem in creating window for extra games'
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has opted for a wholesale revamp of domestic cricket. In a move that could have a far-reaching significance, the BCCI's technical committee has recommended a complete overhaul of the Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Challenger Trophy structures. The committee, headed by Sourav Ganguly, has made radical suggestions at a meeting here on Tuesday.
As reported by DNA on its Tuesday's edition, the two-tier Ranji Trophy format — Elite and Plate — has been done away with. Now, the teams will be divided into groups of three. Each group will comprise nine teams. Every side will play a minimum eight games.
"We've recommended two major changes in the Ranji Trophy. The cha
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The changes were part of a long drawn-out process which culminated with Tuesday's meeting. Originally, these suggestions were made at the meeting of the captains and coaches held by the BCCI a few months back. They had suggested more matches for Ranji teams.
The board's working committee formed a panel comprising Niranjan Shah, MP Pandove, Anil Kumble and Sanjay Jagdale. The panel met recently and came forth with new suggestions which were put before Ganguly's technical committee. The suggestions need the endorsement of the working committee.
"We wanted to give the teams more matches. That is the main idea behind the suggestions," said Shah. Now, there will be about 115 matches in the Ranji Trophy. Shah said the BCCI has no problems finding a window to accommodate the increased number of games. "The window is not a problem. We've enough time to go through the matches," he remarked.
According to the proposal, quarterfinals, semifinals and the final of the Ranji Trophy will be five-day affairs. A win will fetch the winners six points. The committee also has suggested a new order for the domestic tournaments. Unlike in the previous years, the Duleep Trophy will be the season opener, followed by the Challenger, Ranji, Irani Cup, Vijay Hazare Trophy, Deodhar Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
A few changes were also made in the domestic limited-over games. A bowler will be allowed a maximum of 12 overs. He can also bowl two bouncers per over. The U-22 teams will be called 'A' sides of every state, with an age limit of 25. Three Ranji players will be allowed in the 'A' team tourney.
Ringing in the changes
Elite and Plate groups to be replaced by three groups of nine teams each
Three teams from Groups A and B, and two from Group C, will qualify for the knockouts
Quarters, semis and the final will be five-day affairs
Outright win: 6 points
Innings win/win by ten wickets: 1 bonus point
Tie on both innings: 3 points each
First innings lead but no outright win: three points
Loss on first innings: one point
Tie on first innings without outright result: one point each
Outright loss: 0 points
U-22 team renamed as ‘A’ team
Each ‘Under-22’ side will now be called the ‘A’ team of that association. Players who are below 25 years of age will be eligible to be part of the team
Every team will be allowed to field three U-16 players. Knockouts will be four-day affairs
Winners of the Vijay Hazare Trophy in the previous season
Two teams of 13 players each to be picked by selectors
One bowler will be permitted a maximum 12 overs
Two bouncers per over
Sequence of tournaments
NKP Salve Challenger Trophy
Vijay Hazare Trophy
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
Two Irani games in 2012-13
(In September, Rajasthan will play the Rest of India; after the Ranji final in early 2013, the champions will play the Rest of India)
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