The Indian Cricket Board on Saturday decided to accept the International Cricket Council's rules and regulations on Twenty-20 cricket by introducing them in the domestic circuit from this year.
A decision to this effect was taken at the meeting of the Technical Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) held here under the chairmanship of Sunil Gavaskar, BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said after the meeting.
"Twenty-20 is going to be introduced either in the last week of this March or first week of April. It will be played under the ICC rules and regulations," he said.
The one-day Ranji Trophy format would be adopted for Twenty-20 and two teams each from the five zones would play a round-robin league at the national level. The top two teams would qualify for the final, he said.
As far as possible, the matches would be day and night fixtures with two matches a day.
He said corporates would be roped in from next year for sponsorhip. But the state associations would still be involved in the tournament.
On other deliberations, Shah said the committee discussed the Ranji Trophy points system and the suggestion on neutral venues for semifinal and finals. The question of awarding a point to the team which concedes the first innings lead in drawn matches also came up for discussion.
But a final decision on these would be taken only after ascertaining the views of coaches and captains of the state teams during a seminar to be held later this year, he said.
As regards the suggestion for holding Ranji semifinals and finals at neutral venues, he said it was also felt that the teams should not be robbed of the home advantage.
The committee discussed the SG ball and decided to continue with it though it felt the ball had to be improved, he said.
On wickets in the domestic circuit, he said the Board had recognised the need for good wickets. "We will ensure that wickets are not doctored. The Pitches Committee will inspect the venues before Ranji matches."
India is the last of the major Test playing nations to introduce Twenty-20 cricket, which has become popular in countries like the South Africa, Australia and England.
The first Twenty-20 world championship is to be held in South Africa in September this year.