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Few foreigners on show

cricket Updated: Oct 03, 2008 23:47 IST
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The BCCI’S initiative to allow one foreign player per team in the domestic circuit has apparently failed to interest the state associations for just three overseas players have been registered for the current season.

Other than Muttiah Muralitharan, who will play for Cricket Association of Bengal, Dilhara Fernando (Sri Lanka) and Inamul Haque (Jr) (Bangladesh) are the other two foreign imports, who will turn out for Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) and Maharashtra Cricket Association, respectively.

The lukewarm interest show by the associations in hiring the foreigners is a bit surprising for quite a few associations welcomed the decision, triggering speculation that there could be more than handful foreign imports slugging it out on the domestic circuit.

Maharashtra Cricket Association president even went to the extent of questioning the rationale behind the condition that said only players with a minimum of ten Tests or 20 ODIs could be hired under this system.

As for inter-state transfers, there would be far more action with as many as 15 players wanting to cross over to new teams. Leading the pack would be Munaf Patel, who has sought transfer to Baroda from Maharashtra.

Other players

seeking transfers

RR Parida (Orissa) to Assam

Vikrant Yadav (Goa) to Assam

Jacob Martin (Baroda) to Assam

Shahbaz Nadeem (JSCA) to CAB

Rahul Dewan (Delhi) to Haryana

Bhavin Thakkar (Mumbai) to HPCA

Vinit Indulkar (Mumbai) to HPCA

H Kanitkar (Mah) to MPCA

M Mangela (Mumbai) to Mah

K Shri Vasudeva (TNCA) to Mah

Sairaj Bahutule (Mah) to Mumbai

Prashant Bhoir (Mah) to Mumbai

Cheluvaraj (KSCA) to RSPB

Yere Gaud (KSCA) to RSPB

Ranji schedule revised to avoid clash with CLT20

Mumbai: The Ranji Trophy schedule has been revised so that the dates do not clash with the inaugural Champions League Twenty20, which will be held in Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai from December 3-10.

While there are no changes in the dates of the final, the league matches have been rescheduled to give the tournament a break during the CLT20.

Revised Ranji schedule

Elite Division

R1: Nov 3-6; R2: Nov 10-13; R3: Nov 16-19; R4: Nov 23-Nov 26; R5: Nov 29-Dec 2; R6: Dec 12-15; R7: Dec 18-21.

Quarterfinals: Dec 25-28

Semifinals: Dec 31- Jan 3

Plate Division

R1: Nov 3-6; R2: Nov 10-13; R3: Nov 16-19; R4: Nov 29-Dec 2; R5: Dec 12 –15.

Semifinals: Dec 18-21.

Final: Jan 7 – 11.