Anil Kumble-led Technical Committee receives positive feedback on new Ranji format

Anil Kumble said that the teams were happy with the newly introduced three-tier format in the Ranji Trophy © Getty Images

Mumbai: Mar 6, 2013

In the recently held, Ranji Trophy Coaches and Captains Conclave organised by the BCCI, Head of Technical Committee, Anil Kumble said that the teams were happy with the new three-tier format, which replaced the Elite and Plate League system.

“We received a positive feedback. Everyone expressed happiness over the new format. There was consensus that the format is pretty good,” Kumble said, as reported by

The conclave was organised to review the 2012-13 Indian domestic cricket season, which was the first one played with the changed format.

One of the most common concerns for most teams was the gap between two Ranji matches. Coaches raised fatigue-related issues, especially during the second half of the tournament.

To that, Kumble suggested that the issues raised will be taken into consideration and a favourable solution will be arrived at.

“We could have some matches with three days in between, while others could have four days’ gap in between. We will have to see how it works.”

Another suggestion was to revamp the Vijay Hazare Trophy by following the Ranji Trophy format and dividing the teams into three groups. Currently, the initial phase of the tournament is played on a zonal basis.

Talking about the umpiring standards, the former India skipper said that the general feedback was that the standard of umpiring and the quality of pitches has improved.”

“We will soon have a Technical Committee meeting, perhaps in the third week of March, in which all the ideas will be discussed,” he confirmed.