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Ranji Trophy: Captains, coaches oppose neutral venue concept

A range of topics were discussed during the meeting of Ranji Trophy captains and coaches with CoA and BCCI members in Mumbai

cricket Updated: Jun 17, 2017 16:35 IST
Captains and coaches aren’t pleased with the neutral venue concept in Ranji Trophy.
Captains and coaches aren’t pleased with the neutral venue concept in Ranji Trophy.(Getty images)

The captains and coaches of Ranji Trophy teams opposed the season-long concept of neutral venues in the tournament, during a meeting held at the Cricket Centre in Mumbai.

A range of topics were discussed during the meeting in the presence of CoA officials Diana Edulji, Ramachandra Guha and BCCI acting president CK Khanna, secretary Amitabh Choudhary.

“It was a good brainstorming session with all the captains and coaches of our Ranji Trophy teams. We had a lengthy session with each speaking about the issues concerning domestic cricket and initiatives that need to be taken up, so that the competitive spirit among players is enhanced to a higher level. We have taken a note of their suggestions and these will be presented to the BCCI Technical Committee,” a press release from BCCI quoted Choudhary as saying.

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However, talking to the media after the meet, the BCCI secretary clarified that there were a few who supported the neutral-venues concept, too, which was introduced just before the 2016-17 season.

“There were views supporting both the formats,” he said.

“Instead of making a calculation of how many people were on which side, what was done was that points made to substantiate a certain position on either of the two formats have been collated. They will be brought to the technical committee and then put before the general body which will take a call,” he added.

Choudhary also stated that the meeting covered “every” aspect of the 50-overs Vijay Hazare Trophy, the 20-overs Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and junior tournaments.

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As per ESPNcricinfo, one of the reasons players wanted to go back to the home-and-away concept was to avoid travel fatigue as there were only three days between matches.

“It was a fruitful session with the leaders of our domestic circuit and we recognise that together, we will strive towards making domestic cricket, more competitive and relevant,” C.K. Khanna, BCCI acting president was quoted as saying by the BCCI press release.

Among other important topics discussed at the conclave was pay hikes and contracts for domestic players, as suggested by veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh in his recent letter to India coach Anil Kumble.

(With inputs from ANI)