Find window for Duleep, or shelve it
Most teams in the Indian domestic circuit would press for an outright win 'only if' their further qualification is on the line. Aakash Chopra writes.india Updated: Oct 14, 2012 23:30 IST
Most teams in the Indian domestic circuit would press for an outright win 'only if' their further qualification is on the line. Since winners in the knockout matches can be decided on the basis of the first-innings lead, seldom do teams try to push the issue after making the cut. That's what the 'technical committee' failed to address.
While making all Ranji knockout matches into five-day affairs (with an option of extending it to the sixth day if the first-innings isn't completed) is a welcome move, it's inexplicable that the Duleep Trophy, which is also held in a knockout format, is not benefited by the same rule.
There has been a debate on the utility of Duleep Trophy, or the lack of it. By hosting it before the season, which means it clashes with the Champions League, has devalued its status, as the best players ply their craft for their franchises. Not treating it as an equal with Ranji will only diminish its relevance further. If there isn't time to hold it on a league basis, at least a big window should be found to have five-day matches. And if even that's not possible, then it's better to shelve it.
(The writer is a former India opener)