Anil Kumble feels proposed changes will intensify competition

Anil Kumble is a member of the Special Committee formed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Jun 12, 2012

Sourav Ganguly led Technical Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India met at Wankhede Stadium to discuss the changes to be made in the domestic circuit in order to benefit Indian Cricket. The meeting was also attended by former Indian skipper Anil Kumble who is also a member of the Special Committee formed by the BCCI.

Kumble said that the main agenda of the meeting was to identify the 27 Ranji Trophy teams into three different categories.

“The main discussion was about identifying the 27 Ranji Trophy teams into three different categories with nine teams each. Each team plays eight matches four home and four away. There are going to be three divisions group A and B replacing the Elite League and group C coming in the place of the Plate League.”

The main objective behind recommending the new format was to bring in more competition.

“Besides giving each team equal number of matches home and away, this format brings in more competition as teams will have equal chance of making it to the top two of their respective groups. We believe the home and away format gives that incentive for the state associations to organise four home matches in the centres they want.”

“As the president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association it gives me the opportunity to take the game outside of Bangalore and develop it in the smaller centres,” he added.

Kumble further said that changes were made in the points system.

“The recommendation that the Technical Committee had made was that instead of five points, an outright win would fetch the team six points. So, if a team wins with a bonus point, instead of six, they get seven points. The reasoning was that if a first-innings lead gives you three points, a victory should get you double the points,” Kumble was quoted as saying by BCCI s official website.

One of the most successful bowlers in world cricket, Anil Kumble suggested changes to the Technical Committee that would help bowlers in domestic circuit.

“I suggested to the Technical Committee was that one bowler should be allowed to bowl 12 overs in a 50-over game. I m glad it was accepted in today s meeting. I believe that 12 overs for one bowler in the One-dayers will not only provide a better contest between bat and ball but will also bring in more room for strategising for the captains.”

“It will affect in the way they plan, analyse and will make an impact on the batting team, be it chasing targets or setting them up. I m glad that my suggestion was accepted by the Technical Committee,” Kumble added.

Anil Kumble was extremely confident that if the recommended changes if applied would benefit Indian cricket in the long run.

“The Technical Committee has both current and former players whose suggestions are very valuable. There are also inputs from the Ranji captains and coaches and various other conclaves have been organised to get the valuable suggestions from the people directly involved in Indian domestic cricket. Everyone is included in making this decision and I m only hopeful the results will benefit Indian Cricket,” Kumble concluded.