The BCCI is set to restructure the Ranji Trophy from this season. A special committee is considering several changes to the premier tournament, the most notable being altering groupings of the teams and injecting more balance into home and away matches.
The current system has 15 teams divided into two sets in the Elite group with the remaining 12 placed in two groups in the second-rung Plate division.
The new proposal will have 18 teams in the Elite, divided into A and B groups, and nine teams in the Plate section.
"With this arrangement, all teams, unlike the current system, will get eight matches each in the league stages," an insider told HT.
The real reason?
It's reportedly the disparity in the number of matches players get in the Ranji Trophy that has led to this recommendation. The Plate group teams get fewer matches than those in the Elite as there are fewer teams. This means fewer opportunities to play, and less money.
The players make around Rs. 1.4 lakh from every game and lose out on substantially because of fewer games.
"Besides players, associations too get some money from the BCCI to host Ranji matches. So, there's a strong push from Plate group players and associations for parity," said the source.
What would help the push for change is the fact that, except for the president, all main BCCI office-bearers are from the states that more often remain in the Plate group.
"This recommendation has found favour with almost everyone and is most likely to go through," said a committee member.
The panel is also looking to make the home and away games more balanced.
In the current set-up, teams often end up playing majority the games either at home or away.
"The proposal is that, out of the eight league matches, the teams will play four at home and four away," added the official.