Domestic cricket revamp on cards
To overhaul domestic cricket in the wake of India’s disastrous overseas outings over the last season, the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s technical committee is set to meet in Mumbai on Tuesday.Updated: Jun 08, 2012, 01:15 IST
The committee, headed by former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, is expected to discuss all the suggestions made by various quarters in domestic cricket over the last four months.
The key points to be finalised will be the Ranji Trophy format and the domestic season fixtures. The existing Ranji format — teams are divided into two tiers of 15 and 12 each — is criticised by all and sundry. Even during the Ranji captains and coaches conclave on March 22, it was voiced that teams needed to play more first-class games.
As a result, don’t be surprised if it’s decided to split the two tiers into 18 and 9 teams each, or the premier domestic competition is split into three tiers of nine teams each. This would mean every team will be assured of getting at least eight games per season, since the top tier (Elite Group) is divided into two groups.
After India’s humiliating Test series defeat in Australia, the BCCI working committee had announced that all Ranji games will be played at neutral venues to force the state association to prepare fair wickets.