Home > Features >

Should BCCI have permitted Vijay Zol to play Ranji Trophy final ahead of U-19 World Cup preparations?

Vijay Zol has performed well for Maharashtra batting at No 3 but coach Surendra Bhave has accepted that they have replacements for Zol © PTI
Vijay Zol has performed well for Maharashtra batting at No 3 but coach Surendra Bhave has accepted that they have replacements for Zol © PTI

Vijay Zol has been summoned for the preparatory camp for the ICC under-19 World Cup 2014 even as his state Maharashtra plays the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 final. Nishad Pai Vaidya looks at the debate.

Should the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have permitted Vijay Zol to play the Ranji Trophy 2013-14 final for his state Maharashtra? After all, Maharashtra haven’t reached the final of India’s premier domestic tournament for years and this is a great chance for them to end their trophy drought. But, Zol, being India’s under-19 captain, has been summoned to the national camp in Wayyanad, Kerala  to prepare for the World Cup. The ICC Under-19 World Cup starts in the United Arab Emirates on February 14, while the Ranji Trophy final is in Hyderabad on January 29.

This isn’t the first time the BCCI haven’t released players for an important domestic fixture. Early this month, there was an outcry against their decision to hold on to the members of the Indian one-day side even as their respective states competed in the quarter-finals. But, it was last year, in January when it was unacceptable. India were involved in a One-Day International (ODI) series against England and were leading 3-1 leading into the final game at Dharamsala. Yet, the BCCI did not permit the Mumbai and Saurashtra players from heading for the Ranji final at Wankhede.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja, Saurashtra’s biggest players were in the one-day squad and couldn’t turn up for the state. In fact, Pujara was on the bench and did not even feature in the game. Instead, had he turned up in Mumbai, Saurashtra would have put up a much better performance than they did as the hosts steamrolled them. The final turned out to be a one-sided affair with no spice in it. Wouldn’t it have been better had the players been released instead of featuring in an inconsequential international?

But, Maharashtra’s case is different. Zol maybe an important batsman for them, but they have replacements for him as coach Surendra Bhave pointed out. Maharashtra have performed very well and all their players have risen to the occasion during the Ranji Trophy. They may not miss Zol during the final, but it would have been a great opportunity for the youngster to play the big game at such a young age. Instead, he is in Bangalore.

For a reason or two, the BCCI may be justified in summoning him for the training camp. He is the captain of the national Under-19 side that is going to defend its crown on the world stage. His presence is important for the team in the lead-up as they will formulate strategies and work out important plans for the important tournament. India does take its age group cricket quite seriously and have been doing well in the recent past. Even before the 2012 World Cup, the BCCI had planned extensively and prepared a squad, which eventually won the competition. It may be in that endeavour that they have taken Zol away from the Ranji fixture.

Vincent Sunder, CricketCountry’s senior writer pointed out that had there been a World Cup overseas and Jharkhand were playing the Ranji final which clashed with a preparatory camp, would the BCCI allow MS Dhoni a leave of absence for the fixture? Perhaps not, as it is the World Cup, isn’t it?

Ultimately, it is the way one looks at it. The domestic cricket romantics may want to see Zol with Maharashtra, but the newer school of thought may say that there is a World Cup at stake. This is a balance debate.

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Mount Maunganui

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Dhaka

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 11, 2014  at Delhi

India won by 48 runs

Photos

New Zealand vs South Africa, 1st ODI

Videos

Australia perpare for 1st Test against Pakistan

Pakistan’s chances in ICC World Cup 2015 bleak: Mohammad Zahid

Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test in Dubai Preview: Motivated Pakistan look to hurt rusty Australia

MS Dhoni rested, Virat Kohli as captain, and other points of interest from squad for first 3 India vs Sri Lanka ODIs

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: MS Dhoni gets much-needed break ahead of Australia tour

A Pakistan all-time XI: A galaxy of captains

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 India India vs West Indies India vs West Indies 2014 New Zealand Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Africa West Indies West Indies tour of India 2014 West Indies vs India 2014

Loughborough becomes latest ICC-accredited testing centre

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Younis Khan’s ton takes Pakistan to 219/4 on Day 1

Shahid Afridi wins it for his team in an exhibition match for displaced at Bannu

Younis Khan becomes 12th batsman with a ton against each of the Test-playing nations

Younis Khan equals Inzamam-ul-Haq with 25 Test tons

Younis Khan becomes 12th batsman with a ton against each of the Test-playing nations

Steve O’Keefe and other Test cricketers with apostrophes in their surnames

Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Geoff Marsh and other Father-Son trios to have played Test cricket

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Why did Mohammad Hafeez go for a shocking review?

Australia’s best opportunity to bury ghosts of playing on spinning track

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

642 Posts | 9 Fans

Virat Kohli's Family Meets Anushka Sharma

Revealed: Aamir Khan’s alien avatar in PK- View pic!

Latest Moto 360 software update brings battery saving feature and mood lighting

Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone at the Dubai press conference for Happy New Year-view pic!

Kill Dil song G Phaad Ke: Govinda steals Saif Ali Khan’s thunder

इबोला से संक्रमित अमेरिकी फोटोग्राफर विषाणु मुक्त घोषित

इबोला : अंतर्राष्ट्रीय लड़ाई में क्यूबा का साथ देगा अमेरिका

Novak Djokovic names new-born son Stefan

Lenovo RocStar music-focused Android KitKat smartphone with Dolby Digital Plus audio launched in India, priced at Rs 6,499

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here