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Change in Ranji format? Delhi beware!

If the rules proposed -- of four teams going through to Elite division -- come into effect, then on current merit, Delhi and Andhra would have found themselves demoted along with Services and Railways. Delhi had six points, a point less than Andhra, and just about managed to stay afloat

india Updated: Feb 01, 2006 23:44 IST
G Krishnan
G Krishnan

The secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Niranjan Shah, is proposing to have three, if not four, teams to be promoted from Plate Division to Elite in Ranji Trophy championship.

This, he said, will make the competition tougher for the teams to survive in Elite and for teams in Plate to give them a chance to advance to higher division.

"I am going to propose for four teams to be promoted (and equal number to be relegated) in the next month's Technical Committee meeting of the BCCI," Shah said here on Wednesday, on the eve of the five-day Plate final between his Association, Saurashtra and Rajasthan.

"With only two teams now for promotion and relegation, the group becomes stale.

If not for four teams, at least we must have three teams going up. We could have a play-off for the third place among the losing semi-finalists in the Plate Division.

This will give the teams an extra game. Presently, each team gets to play only five matches in the league. Their number goes up if they qualify for the semi-finals and final.

The losing semi-finalists could get one extra game, and the winner of this play off could also get promotion along with the finalists," Shah said.

Shah, 61, is perhaps the longest serving secretary of an association. He has been the secretary of the Saurashtra Cricket Association since 1971.

He played for Saurashtra from 1967 to 1972. He became the secretary even while he was playing and joined the BCCI in 1972.

It was under Shah's first term as the BCCI secretary that the Elite-Plate format was introduced in 2002-03.

"Having seen how it (format) has fared for the last four seasons, I think it is time for a change.

“Three, if not four, teams need to be promoted (and relegated). Let's see what the Technical Committee thinks," he said.

First Published: Feb 01, 2006 23:44 IST