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BCCI rule catches Railways off-guard

The BCCI's rules of Ranji quarterfinal match-ups, which was introduced last year, can confuse many. Khurram Habib reports.

india Updated: Dec 21, 2010 01:16 IST
Khurram Habib
Khurram Habib
Hindustan Times

The BCCI's rules of Ranji quarterfinal match-ups, which was introduced last year, can confuse many.

Railways found out on Saturday when they indulged in premature celebration, hoping that they'll get a relatively easy game against Haryana at home.

The pitch was watered and preparations got started. Players, living closer to Delhi, made a dash to their hometowns, leaving their kit and baggage here, only to hear later that their quarterfinal was in far-off Baroda and they had to come back to Delhi to fly to Baroda.

Railways, who finished second in their pool, thought they'd play the third-finishers of the other group, Haryana.

"Since Mumbai and Karnataka, the table-toppers were playing the plate champions, we thought the match-ups would go across - as in third would play second in a group and vice-versa. It is the norm in most competitions. This has come as a surprise," said a Railways official.

Ratnakar Shetty, the chief administrative officer (CAO) clarified the system. "Last year's winners and runners-up are seeded one and two. They occupy the first and eighth positions respectively so that they don't clash before the finals. For the rest, it is a simple draw of lots. According to the draw, Rajasthan got second spot and hence play top seeds Mumbai. This system was introduced last year and we are sticking to it."

First Published: Dec 21, 2010 01:14 IST