The issues regarding the preparation of good wickets on the tracks to host domestic games was also discussed in the meeting © Getty Images (Representational Image)
The issues regarding the preparation of good wickets on the tracks to host domestic games was also discussed in the meeting © Getty Images (Representational Image)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) held an official meeting with the technical committee and the National Cricket Association (NCA), as the discussed the prospects of hosting domestic matches in the neutral venues across the nation. The issues regarding the preparation of good wickets on the tracks to host domestic games was also discussed in the meeting. The meeting also witnessed the discussion on the upcoming season of the Ranji Trophy 2016-17, and the prospects of making it more competitive was also on the agenda, as BCCI released a media release on the discussions held in the meeting. PCB to stop talks with BCCI

The official press release by BCCI read as follows:

In a bid to make domestic cricket more competitive and rule out the issues related to preparing specific wickets for home teams, as well as to expose players to play in different conditions, the BCCI Technical Committee recommended neutral venues for the Ranji Trophy matches This is a step recommended to make domestic Ranji Trophy cricket more competitive. Anurag Thakur off to fair start as BCCI President

The committee also discussed the format for Duleep Trophy for the season 2016-17. It was recommended that selectors would pick four teams to participate in a round-robin format tournament. The entire tournament will be a day/night affair. The Committee also cleared India ‘A’ tour of Australia in August for two four-day matches and a tri-series.

The recommendations will now be tabled at the BCCI Working Committee. In the NCA Committee meeting, the members were updated about the assessment of all the ongoing zonal camps in various age groups and the umpires’ refresher course. Members were also briefed about the physiotherapist and trainers course to be conducted by the NCA next month. Physios and trainers of all the state associations will be attending this course.