Domestic stalwarts of Indian cricket dissected the refurbished Ranji Trophy format, to be implemented from the coming season, on Tuesday.
Ex-Test players Yajurvindra Singh, Praveen Amre and Nilesh Kulkarni, Amol Muzumdar, the second-highest run-getter in Ranji history, and Mumbai coach Sulakshan Kulkarni discussed the modified structure in a symposium organised by the Sports Journalists' Association of Mumbai.
In the new system, 27 teams will be divided into three tiers of nine each with revised points system. All the panellists except Yajurvindra backed the change while there were some suggestions to improve the system.
Former left-arm spinner Nilesh Kulkarni said: "Just like a team is awarded a bonus point for winning by an innings or 10 wickets, I would like to see the team that concedes such a defeat penalised a point.”
The new system awards six points for an outright victory and an extra point for winning by an innings or by 10 wickets.
Singh criticised the administrators for a lack of vision. "As a Maharashtra selector (in 2003-04), I realised that even though Ranji Trophy was played in Elite and Plate divisions, we had to select a zonal team. It was unfair to select players whom we had barely seen. As a Maharashtra selector, I was only watching Maharashtra games. Some of the selectors did not even know whether a player was a left-hander or a right-hander."