By CricketCountry Staff
Mumbai: Jun 12, 2012
Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, who heads the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Technical committee, recommended few changes in domestic structure which he hopes will help raise the standard of domestic cricket in the country.
Ganguly said, “Mostly the Ranji Trophy format will be changed, the Elite and the Plate system goes away and pitches will be monitored. The Challengers tournament will have a different format and even the Ranji Trophy points system has gone through a change.
“If you win an outright [match] you get 6 instead of 5 points and if you win by 10 wickets it’s a bonus another point, so 7.”
The former Indian captain is confident that the proposed changes will also improve the state of pitches in the country. He was quoted by BCCI’s website as saying, “The emphasis will be on pitches, the BCCI pitch committee will visit every venue to make sure the pitches are good. We’ve suggested some minor changes; overall it’s a simple game and let’s leave it at that. We’ve got two bouncers in one-day cricket. “
Ganguly insisted that there is no need for an overhaul of the entire domestic structure. “Hopefully we’ll try to help them [domestic players]. At the end of the day, this game is about scoring runs and picking wickets,” he said. “As long as you keep it to that the Indian domestic structure is very good; the system is in place and that’s why Indian cricket does well.”
The Technical Committee Chairman felt the amendments in the domestic cricket will eventually help India improve their dismal record abroad.
He said, “The basic emphasis is to see that Indian cricket does well overseas. That is going to be the biggest emphasis for whoever is concerned with Indian cricket.
“The loss of eight Tests in a row has not been very good. So whatever amendments we make is to make sure we start playing well overseas. India will always play well at home.”