Till now, playing the Ranji one-dayers, Challengers and Deodhar Trophy got you the List 'A' tag. Soon, players with no previous experience of turning out for their states could get listed as List 'A' players, by virtue of playing in the BCCI Corporate Trophy.
Notwithstanding BCCI chief administrative officer (CAO), Ratnakar Shetty's insistence that “the Corporate Trophy is an official domestic one-day tournament and comes under List 'A', a debate rages on the tournament's status.
HT has learnt that the website Cricketarchive, which was classifying Corporate Trophy stats under 'other matches', has sought clarification from the BCCI and plans to categorise it under List 'A' later.
Reacting to the move, Shetty said: “We are not concerned about what these websites classify List 'A' as. You'll have to check with us.
“Like the IPL, the Corporate Trophy is also a domestic tournament. This is a senior Board tournament. An under 19 or 22 player, who may not have represented his state in Ranji Trophy but plays in inter-state one-dayers, is classified under the official one-day bracket List 'A'. Same is the case with the Corporate Trophy.”
BCCI joint secretary, Sanjay Jagdale's words were also in the same vein.
“The Corporate Trophy is as important as any one-day tournament in the annals of the BCCI.”
Statisticians too are firm that performances in the Corporate Trophy be listed like inter-state one-day tournaments, Challengers and Deodhar Trophy.
Tushar Trivedi, a statistician from Ahmedabad, said the tournament reminded him of the “Wills Trophy (for corporates) in the 1970s and 1980s. “Hence, it comes under List A”, he said.
“The sheer presence of international and state players qualifies the tournament as List 'A',” said Dinar Gupte, a Baroda-based statistician, pointing to the fact that 11 of the 15 India players were involved in the league phase of this inter-institutional meet and nine of them will be seen in the knockout stages.